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Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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Pogacar out for 4-6 weeks, probably no altitude training in May:


Not good but it still depends on how quickly it actually heals. He can skip Slovenia and spend the whole June at an altitude. If the preparations turn out to be not enough there's still Vuelta.
Bad news. Probably no Tour de France for him. he can't recognize Tour climbs if he will do an alttitude camp in June
 
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He was multiplying the risk for a Tour contender.

None Tour contender in decades was capable of winning almost all races in the calendar. He's a phenom who was having an amazing spring. There are other goals than the Tour and it's obvious that with each passing season he's less and less focused on July. Next season he may try Roubaix actually. If his preparations are hampered it's not the end of the world and he still hasn't won the Vuelta.
 
None Tour contender in decades was capable of winning almost all races in the calendar. He's a phenom who was having an amazing spring. There are other goals than the Tour and it's obvious that with each passing season he's less and less focused on July. Next season he may try Roubaix actually. If his preparations are hampered it's not the end of the world and he still hasn't won the Vuelta.
I doubt his sponsors are less focused on the Tour. He should go for the Giro-Tour double, if he's the phenom folks think he is.
 
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All in all, yeah in an ideal world it would be nice if organisers or local government could check the entire course for potholes. But do you have hands-on experience with the Belgian roads? In general, they're in an abismal state. It's completely unrealistic to expect them to have the course in pristine shape each year.
(no offense meant btw, we have our own problems here with an obscene amount of roundabouts and road-furniture for example.)

Potholes happen, sh*t happens. Let's not get our panties in a twist because this time it was a big name that went down.
The only thing that can actually make me furious regarding safety is the part I bolded in the quote: The finishes on some sprint stages. Those designers at times willfully put cyclists in danger.

Wrong. Such attitude toward safety in pro peloton will change. Such talk might be suitable for some forum. Certainly not for governing bodies responsible for safety in pro peloton. This is an obscene take on safety.
 
Bad news. Probably no Tour de France for him. he can't recognize Tour climbs if he will do an alttitude camp in June

From a completely egoistic point of view (as a cycling fan) I'll say it's fine actually. A month and a half break after such a spectacular early season is well deserved, and if he goes to the Vuelta (and wins), that would start to round out his palmares nicely.

However, he seems to be confident he can still go to the Tour.
 
Things like random potholes on 260k routes aren’t ever going away. Using that as an example of the need for increased safety is not an accurate reflection of what can actually be fixed. Other things sure, better designed finishes and potentially certain other things.
The only solution is to race on closed circuits, like ars. But I'd much rather watch the Targa Florio than some sanitized GP in Bahrain or wherever...
 
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The only solution is to race on closed circuits, like ars. But I'd much rather watch the Targa Florio than some sanitized GP in Bahrain or wherever...
But that still doesn't remedy riding amongst 185 cyclists at speed. I think cycling is from another time and those that choose thid craft should remain in the times of Epics. You don't risk your skin otherwise. It's like preparing for war.
 
Pothole causing the fall of Pogacar in Liege-Bastogne-Liege is filled two days after the race


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Pothole causing the fall of Pogacar in Liege-Bastogne-Liege is filled two days after the race


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Exactly. It was plain old negligence. Not bad luck, riders fault, karma, "nothing could be done", "could only be avoidable on the circuit in some rich country" ... and all that esoteric ***.

All in all nothing that a shovel of asphalt couldn't have prevented. That is if they would actually care. And why would they, if they don't have to?

So in the future please make a report after such accidents and based on such reports set a threshold for liability. When it comes to the size end depth of holes on the rode. On high speed sections. If you can't do even that that just say we couldn't care less about safety and that is that. Not to live under some assumption somebody is actually doing something about riders safety in the pro peloton. It's time to take safety seriously.
 

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