Indeed, how come he didn't win the Vuelta as 21 year old first year pro?
I am sure they knew the result from the ITT.UAE team played this very smart. A lot smarter then they get credit for. They told Slovenian press they came to this tour to win (after the race, not before it). They were analyzing all stages very closely. They analyzed stage 20 TT extremely closely so Pogačar knew the road very very well. They practised swapping bikes long long time to find the quickest way possible doing it. Pogačar was the only captain. Aru was named captain only to hide Pogačar under a radar. They knew they don't have the team do lead the race so they didn't want yellow jersey and it was really good for them that Roglič/JV allowed Pogačar to ride behind them without any problems. They fooled everyone.
I heard the same thing. But but intentional by any means. Of course.UAE's most brilliant tactic was the 1:20 time loss on stage 7--purely intentional to allow Pogi to ghost-shadow JV the rest of the stages until the ITT.
It reinforces the theory that Pogačar has an amazing recovery ability so his rivals need to start thinking about gaining time on him earlier in the race.Here's a fun little detail; take a look at his GT success.
Whatever GT he does next, people better keep an eye on him on stages 9 and 20!
Absolutely. His performances on penultimate stages of last Vuelta and this Tour were phenomenal. It's not a coincidence, the guy showed his best at the end, which is scary for his future rivals.It reinforces the theory that Pogačar has an amazing recovery ability so his rivals need to start thinking about gaining time on him earlier in the race.
Watts the point? Also; not like power output couldn't be calculated after the fact and his follow car would be advising on speed anyway. One advantage of being the rider in front of the leader in a TT-you can convince them of your pace while holding back. If Primoz had to work hard to only lose 25 seconds on the flat he was totally screwed by the time he got to the hill. Tadej's out of the saddle climb clearly was an all-in effort he'd practiced well if UAE tacticians are believable.
And he wears laced road shoes as well.
I just wanted, if it hasn’t been done already, to highlight the prescience of this post. It’s basically the most accurate description of what happened in the Tour that I’ve read, including everything written after the Tour actually ended.If he's feeling alright, Pogi will need to pretend he is a rider for TJV with Roglic domming for him. Follow Rogla up the hills and go around at the finish.