Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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That ride wasn't too bright was it?

I think he screwed up a big chance of taking the title there.

Of course, it was nice to see somebody finally breaking the deadlock but when you have a chance to win in the deep finale, you don't go alone at that point.
 
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That ride wasn't too bright was it?

I think he screwed up a big chance of taking the title there.

Of course, it was nice to see somebody finally breaking the deadlock but when you have a chance to win in the deep finale, you don't go alone at that point.
Well, I guess he made himself more popular by this than by using Roglic as his dom... They just did not have the strongest team, this was their way to try something. The others who just waited for the "climber's race" to come did not succeed either. I am not sure he would have won a sprint against van Aert or Alaphilippe... And in the end I suppose he does not care much, having just won the Tour.
 
An attack like he did today is quite often seen when a rider feels he have no chance to win and therefore attack early to try help his team mate in a way. Thor Hushovd called it directly on Norwegian TV, said it had to be that Pogacar felt bad and only wanna make the race harder to increase Roglics chances.
 
That ride wasn't too bright was it?

I think he screwed up a big chance of taking the title there.

Of course, it was nice to see somebody finally breaking the deadlock but when you have a chance to win in the deep finale, you don't go alone at that point.
The way he jumped away, with Benoot keeping him in his sights on the climb, didn't give me the impression we were seeing the same Pogacar we saw on Peyresourde.
 
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Yeah, it was impressive at the time, and it says something when I was fooled into thinking he was going to try it, but looking back, he was much more dangling off the front than up the road.


It was exciting, though!
 
The way he jumped away, with Benoot keeping him in his sights on the climb, didn't give me the impression we were seeing the same Pogacar we saw on Peyresourde.
We were seeing a 21 year old rider after 6 hours and 14,000' of grinding climbing. No one wanted to go then and the teams kept him close. That could have happened to just about any other rider that attempted it and didn't get at least several, strong break companions to help.
 
Still going strong. It's a shame there's only De Ronde left in his calendar this year (hopefully it goes ahead as planned). He has shown today he will be a threat also in the cassics for years to come.

I remember when I was watching theTour coverage on Rai, Beppe Conti compared Pogačar to Felice Gimondi and asked Saronni what does he think about it. Saronni replied that he can't think of anyone comparable to Pogačar because he has no weaknesses. He excells everywhere, on any type of terrain. He might have not lied about it.
 
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Shame from a fan perspective as always fun to see the GC boys drop into the cobbled classics and try to mix it with the big guys. With his punchiness and bike handling skills I could have envisaged him having a real chance of being up in contention at the end for RVV.
 
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Shame from a fan perspective as always fun to see the GC boys drop into the cobbled classics and try to mix it with the big guys. With his punchiness and bike handling skills I could have envisaged him having a real chance of being up in contention at the end for RVV.
I think GC guys might be in the mix for top 15 in De Ronde but their lack of sprint will make it wholly impossible for them to win it as they also don't have the explosiveness on the bergs to fly away and they would basically have to hit a miracle solo attack on terrain that's not favorable to them.

Really, guys like Pogacar and Roglic can have a bit of a sprint on them compared to other climbers and they might win an Ardennes classic with it, but they'd get beaten in a sprint by most cobbled riders and completely stomped by a guy like Van Aert.

I think the only chance there is for a GC guy winning de Ronde is a guy like Dumoulin or Thomas winning in a similar way to Niki Terpstra.
 

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