Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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It's really interesting too see how he can handle, say, three man escape between him Vout and Mathieu.

Did he get some quality training in Tour when he found out deeply that there are limits for him too? Did it change his mindset already? Two clicks more towards more tactically matured Pogi? It may need it.

I'm not ruling out for example the old one two like Vout and Mathieu first getting rid of Pogi if this trio manages to escape from bigger group/peloton.
 
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Surely rainbow jersey is preferred over white?
I think if you're not the actual leader in the classification, but only wear a jersey because the actual leader is already wearing a different jersey (like Pogacar wearing yellow and white so someone else is wearing white since he's already wearing yellow), that in that case you get to refuse the jersey and wear your national/rainbow jersey. It's what happened in the Vuelta when Rodriguez was supposed to wear white (since Evenepoel was already wearing red), but wore his national jersey and kicked the white jersey down the ladder for Ayuso.
 
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I read a lot of people thinking Pogacar'season is not that great due to missing some major wins.

Indeed, stats wise, it is not the best one.
But what matter a lot for a rider's legacy is the impression he made on watchers.

For me, even though he lost in the TDF, in MSR and in RVV, he was the most memorable rider in those races, or at least on par with the winner.
agreed.

as I said elsewhere, no matter how this season plays out, Pog is still the best rider in the peloton.

however, imo, at present he does not have the best 2022 season. if he wins neither worlds nor Lombardia he literally has no MAJOR win this season and he would not be my vote for velo d’or.

however, I expect he likely will get one of those, so…
 
The total amount of vertical meters is closer to Bergen than Ponferrada.

Compare the circuit with the last time in Australia (profiles by Lasterketa Burua):



Except I am not sure Mt Pleasant is the hardest climb on the course (I am looking at the below link)?

The most difficult climb looks like 8.7km climb of Mount Keira - it is only 5% but peaks at 15%. It looks a way more demanding circuit than 2010 Geelong which you compared to. There is 3945m of vertical gain over 267km. Or was the course changed?

Having said this, the course could have been much tougher, with much harder climbs in that area but for perhaps logistical reasons not chosen. The Mt Keira climb is also too far from the finish to be decisive. I am not sure its hard enough for Pogi but he will be motivated so who knows?

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Except I am not sure Mt Pleasant is the hardest climb on the course (I am looking at the below link)?

The most difficult climb looks like 8.7km climb of Mount Keira - it is only 5% but peaks at 15%. It looks a way more demanding circuit than 2010 Geelong which you compared to. There is 3945m of vertical gain over 267km. Or was the course changed?

Having said this, the course could have been much tougher, with much harder climbs in that area but for perhaps logistical reasons not chosen. The Mt Keira climb is also too far from the finish to be decisive. I am not sure its hard enough for Pogi but he will be motivated so who knows?

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There's a thread on Twitter (by @Eritropoetina) which went into a deep dive of the circuit which will be tackled 12 times. Apparently, Mt. Ousley 572 m long @ 7.2 % while the toughest section of Mt. Pleasant (the main climb) is 883 m @ 9.8 %. Immediately after the that climb, there is also a 107 m section @ 10.1 %. Yeah, Mt. Keira is too far from the finish but if the circuit is ridden really hard, it may be hard enough for Pogi to put down the hammer. Also as you said, Pogi is motivated for it, especially after the Tour defeat.
 
Except I am not sure Mt Pleasant is the hardest climb on the course (I am looking at the below link)?

The most difficult climb looks like 8.7km climb of Mount Keira - it is only 5% but peaks at 15%. It looks a way more demanding circuit than 2010 Geelong which you compared to. There is 3945m of vertical gain over 267km. Or was the course changed?

Having said this, the course could have been much tougher, with much harder climbs in that area but for perhaps logistical reasons not chosen. The Mt Keira climb is also too far from the finish to be decisive. I am not sure its hard enough for Pogi but he will be motivated so who knows?

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The story is that the UCI were happy to have this as a sprinter's World's but the Aussie organisers in their wisdom wanted to make it a tough course - Unless, Matthews is on a super day then he will not make the final, while I doubt the women can have much of an impact on this course.
 
The story is that the UCI were happy to have this as a sprinter's World's but the Aussie organisers in their wisdom wanted to make it a tough course - Unless, Matthews is on a super day then he will not make the final, while I doubt the women can have much of an impact on this course.
Why doesn't UCI want people to watch their race? A sprinters race in Australia, alrighty.
 
Except I am not sure Mt Pleasant is the hardest climb on the course (I am looking at the below link)?

The most difficult climb looks like 8.7km climb of Mount Keira - it is only 5% but peaks at 15%. It looks a way more demanding circuit than 2010 Geelong which you compared to. There is 3945m of vertical gain over 267km. Or was the course changed?

Having said this, the course could have been much tougher, with much harder climbs in that area but for perhaps logistical reasons not chosen. The Mt Keira climb is also too far from the finish to be decisive. I am not sure its hard enough for Pogi but he will be motivated so who knows?

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Mount Keira is done once at the start of the race. As I said, the total vertical gain (4133 m) is closer to Bergen (3787 m) than Ponferrada (4520 m), according to La Flamme Rouge. Don't compare it to a mountain stage where it is concentrated in a few climbs, or Liège where all the hills are in the second half. It sounds like much, but it's no problem in itself for durable sprinters.

The reason why is because the nature of a circuit means that the climbs are spaced out, and this one is to the long side with the two climbs coming together, meaning that after Pleasant they have ~13 km of flat before climbing Ousley. That makes it easy to chase and to rest between efforts. While the last climb is with ~8 km to go, the penultimate time over Pleasant is with 25 km to go, with nearly 20 km of that being flat.

That's not to say that it will definitely be a bunch sprint, but that I think it will come down to the last lap and that a reduced bunch will at least be close to catch all attackers and that limits the tactical games they can play. And that makes it hard for Pogi. His path to victory is a select group getting away on the last climb that holds on and sprints for the win. I don't see any other.
 

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