In 2021 he beat Vingegaard by 5 minutes. Here is stage 8 for a reminder of his superiority. By the TT the Tour was over.Maybe, but he also lost to Vingegaard in 2021.
I think the question is whether a different approach would make a difference. If he doesn't race LBL but spends his time training or uses an easier race as training, then maybe he doesn't crash.
Personally I prefer that he does as many classics as he wants, but he shouldn't expect to be better in the Tour than in previous years with the same schedule.
I meant 2022 but mistyped. No need to be snarky.
That aside, I don't disagree that Pogacar's base was probably hurt by being off the bike during a critical build phase. We'll never know if he could have beaten Vingegaard if his training wasn't interrupted. My point is that not racing so intensely allows for more control over variables, like crashes or having to go deep in the red when it might not be a great idea. It could benefit him.
Situations like this remind me how much I dislike that the TdF is the 800 pound gorilla of pro cycling. I want to see Pogacar win every monument, every GT, WCRR and the Olympics. That would be an amazing feat.
I don't care if he wins another TdF, to be honest.
I guess he still can pull of a decent Tour result then. But he will be absolutely chanceless vs. Vingegaard. Not sure the team, sponsors, and even himself want that. While I like his very round profile, its also a bit running away from your biggest obstacles (the Evenepoel style if you want so).Pogi should do some Classics (Strade, MSR, RVV, LBL) AND the Giro 2024 and then come into the Tour with an already dominant season under his belt. He can still be good in July off of the Giro, which he can win without being in top form.
On the bike WvA has this huge frame, especially compared to the guys he often rides with over the mountains and here you actually see that he is a very slim framed dude as well. Interesting to have this sort of caomparisons.Other people go to Giro de Rigo; also they dance (van Aert). Good times!
Nah, it is nowhere close to that if he does Strade, MSR, RVV, LBL and the Giro... before also going Tour.I guess he still can pull of a decent Tour result then. But he will be absolutely chanceless vs. Vingegaard. Not sure the team, sponsors, and even himself want that. While I like his very round profile, its also a bit running away from your biggest obstacles (the Evenepoel style if you want so).
But you could also sing with your friends and national team accompanied by not one but two accordions! (Mohorič, Pogačar, Novak, Govekar, Mezgec, Vovko, Jerman.)