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Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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Pogacar should take a week without a bike after the Ardennes classics, after that a light week of mix zone two (fat max) and zone 1, after that a week exclusively training at the fat max limit for 3 hours while he goes to see 4-5 stages for the tour in his camper with his maser and Hauptman, after that 13.5 visit altitude in sierra nevada until 28.5 and in the camp every day exclusively train 5-6 hours zone 2 with a couple of days zone 1, after that 5 days of rest and at Dauphine train intervals and race paces, after that take 4 days of rest in Sestriere at altitude and from 16.6-23.6 do the last part of the preparations where you need to focus on intervals and race simulation, measuring lactate and glucose at 10-30 min intervals, 5w/kg, 6w/kg, 6.5w/kg and the last week before the Tour, rest, zone 1 and 6 min 40-20 intervals to maintain sharpness and I guarantee that he would sweep everyone, even a fisherman, with exactly this kind of preparation, with the fact that he will be in fitness for altitude, as he was this year in the Ardennes until the fall
 
Personally I think he needs to consider if he wants to win the tour above everything else, if so he needs to focus on it to the exclusion of all spring ambitions.
Without that it will be the same as the last two years and Vinegard will be winning tour number three.
He doesn't need to exclude the spring classics, because that doesn't interfere in a negative way for him in July. He's always in peak shape in the tour. This year he was actually more stronger than in the tour 2022, except for la loze stage.
 
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This year he was actually more stronger than in the tour 2022, except for la loze stage.
and the ITT when he lost over a minute and stage 5 when he lost 30 seconds or so.
This aint the Mercx era anymore. If he wants to win the Tour again, then he needs to focus more on it and forget winning evey race from February to May. 2024 Tour is starting early as well and if he wants to do the Olympics afterwards, he should definitely re-think his Spring racing.
 
and the ITT when he lost over a minute and stage 5 when he lost 30 seconds or so.
This aint the Mercx era anymore. If he wants to win the Tour again, then he needs to focus more on it and forget winning evey race from February to May. 2024 Tour is starting early as well and if he wants to do the Olympics afterwards, he should definitely re-think his Spring racing.
What's the problem with stage 5 or the TT? In the TT he won 1 min and 12 s to van aert. If you forget about vingegaard, he did a great performance. Thr only problem of pogacar is that vingegaard is a better grand tour rider than him. He can be dropped by vingegaard, it's normal, that doesn't mean he was in bad shape.
 
and the ITT when he lost over a minute and stage 5 when he lost 30 seconds or so.
This aint the Mercx era anymore. If he wants to win the Tour again, then he needs to focus more on it and forget winning evey race from February to May. 2024 Tour is starting early as well and if he wants to do the Olympics afterwards, he should definitely re-think his Spring racing.
If he doesn't corner like an old nan and doesn't change his bike to a road position with his climbing positon of an aircraft carrier he loses under a minute.
 
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Personally I think he needs to consider if he wants to win the tour above everything else, if so he needs to focus on it to the exclusion of all spring ambitions.
Without that it will be the same as the last two years and Vinegard will be winning tour number three.

Maybe just a lighter program? I want to see him in the Ardennes at least.

I don’t think we’ve ever seen him do the Tour as his main peak; maybe he has another GT level? If so, he’s going to need it against Vingegaard. The last 2 years it was clear that he couldn’t match him in the second half of the race.
 
Pogacar should take a week without a bike after the Ardennes classics, after that a light week of mix zone two (fat max) and zone 1, after that a week exclusively training at the fat max limit for 3 hours while he goes to see 4-5 stages for the tour in his camper with his maser and Hauptman, after that 13.5 visit altitude in sierra nevada until 28.5 and in the camp every day exclusively train 5-6 hours zone 2 with a couple of days zone 1, after that 5 days of rest and at Dauphine train intervals and race paces, after that take 4 days of rest in Sestriere at altitude and from 16.6-23.6 do the last part of the preparations where you need to focus on intervals and race simulation, measuring lactate and glucose at 10-30 min intervals, 5w/kg, 6w/kg, 6.5w/kg and the last week before the Tour, rest, zone 1 and 6 min 40-20 intervals to maintain sharpness and I guarantee that he would sweep everyone, even a fisherman, with exactly this kind of preparation, with the fact that he will be in fitness for altitude, as he was this year in the Ardennes until the fall
One thing is sure: this year would have been better if he had taken a week without a bike during the Ardennes classics.
 
One thing is sure: this year would have been better if he had taken a week without a bike during the Ardennes classics.
Still crossed off two races he hadnt won before in Fleche and Amstel. Crashing in Liege was just unfortunate, but it will happen to every rider. Nobody escapes during a career, without going down at some point.

He also crossed off PN and Ronde. It was probably his best spring ever, so far.

2nd again in the Tour and 3rd at Worlds.

It is an incredible season.
 
Pogačar broke all records today in training, simulation of the race for Lombardy, 4-5 times over 8-8.5 w/kg on hills 6-10 min long, 37 km/h average speed at 130 km in 3 and a half hours
Imho he‘s the big favourite for Lombardia. I‘d even say that everything else than a Pog victory would be quite a surprise.

I cheer for Roglic of course, but cannot imagine he‘ll beat Pogi. Evenepoel will be super strong after his GC loss in the Vuelta, but Pogi obviously was born to race and win Il Lombardia…
 
Imho he‘s the big favourite for Lombardia. I‘d even say that everything else than a Pog victory would be quite a surprise.

I cheer for Roglic of course, but cannot imagine he‘ll beat Pogi. Evenepoel will be super strong after his GC loss in the Vuelta, but Pogi obviously was born to race and win Il Lombardia…

If the merge turns out to be true Primoz will say "f**k it, I'm going back to ski-jumping.". It's his last Lombardy chance!
 
Pogacar will dominate next season more than this one, he has a stronger team for Pollit and Sivakov, healthy Wellens and Soler and now he knows he has to produce 7.5w/kg for 15 min on the hill, 7w/kg for 20 min and 6.6 for 30+ min to beat fisherman
 
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Imho he‘s the big favourite for Lombardia. I‘d even say that everything else than a Pog victory would be quite a surprise.

I cheer for Roglic of course, but cannot imagine he‘ll beat Pogi. Evenepoel will be super strong after his GC loss in the Vuelta, but Pogi obviously was born to race and win Il Lombardia…
Hot take right there
 
Pogacar will dominate next season more than this one, he has a stronger team for Pollit and Sivakov, healthy Wellens and Soler and now he knows he has to produce 7.5w/kg for 15 min on the hill, 7w/kg for 20 min and 6.6 for 30+ min to beat fisherman
Now you're done it. The magic numbers are out there. I will win next year, cus I know the numbers.