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Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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Eat some of those tasty looking flandrian fried chips, more than deserved, but please don't forget the main course comes in July Tadej!

Not necessarily, he built a monstrous larger-mass peak for this race. At the Tour he will prepare a lower-mass peak and IMO he treats both equally seriously. If he is fed up with GTs he may even become a one-day specialist!
 
Not necessarily, he built a monstrous larger-mass peak for this race. At the Tour he will prepare a lower-mass peak and IMO he treats both equally seriously. If he is fed up with GTs he may even become a one-day specialist!
You're right and I also fear of him being fed up, that's precisely the reason why I'm not overconfidant in his July form.
But right now, this still counts as an away victory and he has to reclaim his home terrain win in GT.
Actually he's relatively less at home at the tour compared to Jonas, so one might argue that's he's always playing on away terrain, but looking at today, there might come a time, when it will be considered everywhere is his home terrain.
 
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One of the questions is how exactly is he able to swim against the currents of specialisation? He has some anaerobic capacity & punch, but is not hampered too much by it in GTs. And at the same time he has such a superior aerobic capacity and thus endurance that he can break MVDPs and WVAs from far away in hard classics. Because cycling is an aerobic sport, dammit, the latter is of course more important.

But for the past 30yrs this has not really been the case save for a couple exceptions, but Pogi does it frequently. So, how can some riders become aerobically dominant again: genes? training? wrong subforum?
 
You're right and I also fear of him being fed up, that's precisely the reason why I'm not overconfidant in his July form.
But right now, this still counts as an away victory and he has to reclaim his home terrain win in GT.
Actually he's relatively less at home at the tour compared to Jonas, so one might argue that's he's always playing on away terrain, but looking at today, there might come a time, when it will be considered everywhere is his home terrain.

Keep in mind ridiculous performances that lead to his Tour 2020 and 2021 victories. He's a stage-race monster, make no mistake. Obviously Vinge proved to be super strong and can with the Tour again...or not. We will see.

I'm not even sure Pog should go to LBL now having achieved his biggest spring goal. Obviously normally he would be the favourite but he'll likely be past his peak there and I think that even more rest may be needed when thinking about his next big goal (TdF). He went really deep today.
 
One of the questions is how exactly is he able to swim against the currents of specialisation? He has some anaerobic capacity & punch, but is not hampered too much by it in GTs. And at the same time he has such a superior aerobic capacity and thus endurance that he can break MVDPs and WVAs from far away in hard classics. Because cycling is an aerobic sport, dammit, the latter is of course more important.

But for the past 30yrs this has not really been the case save for a couple exceptions, but Pogi does it frequently. So, how can some riders become aerobically dominant again: genes? training? wrong subforum?

my guess here is genes.

however, i despise gianetti.
 
One of the questions is how exactly is he able to swim against the currents of specialisation? He has some anaerobic capacity & punch, but is not hampered too much by it in GTs. And at the same time he has such a superior aerobic capacity and thus endurance that he can break MVDPs and WVAs from far away in hard classics. Because cycling is an aerobic sport, dammit, the latter is of course more important.

But for the past 30yrs this has not really been the case save for a couple exceptions, but Pogi does it frequently. So, how can some riders become aerobically dominant again: genes? training? wrong subforum?
Probably a bit of everything.
 
Keep in mind ridiculous performances that lead to his Tour 2020 and 2021 victories. He's a stage-race monster, make no mistake. Obviously Vinge proved to be super strong and can with the Tour again...or not. We will see.

I'm not even sure Pog should go to LBL now having achieved his biggest spring goal. Obviously normally he would be the favourite but he'll likely be past his peak there and I think that even more rest may be needed when thinking about his next big goal (TdF). He went really deep today.
Liège is three weeks out. Plenty of time for rest, both before and after.