It worked for his Countryman. Belgian fans eternally convinced someone else "would've won". Pogacar is still the reigning phenom.Before Pogi crashed in LBL, I thought he would handily defeat all challengers in the TDF. I still think he'll win it. Also, his image might benefit from not appearing to be a deity among mortals for the race. He might even be able to play the underdog card for a little while.