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Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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I haven't heard any recent news about Roglic's injuries. Just that he has no fractures (?)
If he has no serious injuries that would interfere with his prep - it could be Pogacar vs Roglic at the TdF.
Pogacar with a non-ideal prep because of the Giro vs a well-prepared Roglic might be a close contest. Though I still would give Pogi the egde, probably.
 
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I haven't heard any recent news about Roglic's injuries. Just that he has no fractures (?)
If he has no serious injuries that would interfere with his prep - it could be Pogacar vs Roglic at the TdF.
Pogacar with a non-ideal prep because of the Giro vs a well-prepared Roglic might be a close contest. Though I still would give Pogi the egde, probably.

Rog is fine.

I feel a Rog versus Pog situation would be something too good to be true... so I'd rather not project that far ahead yet.

But sure as things stand Roglič will prepare his TdF as per the Bora pre-season plan & Pog is also training for his Giro-Tour double attempt according to his plans as well.

It would be amazing tbh (especially the final ITT if the race is still undecided).
 
Chance of internal struglles in UAE for "letting the road decide" come the Tour?

I mean, packing a team with four GT contenders made sense when Vingo and a packed JV were in the game.
The problem will be Ayuso. Yates was bought to be a domestique of Pogacar. Almeida will eventually lose time and will work for Pogacar. The question is Ayuso, I don't think he is willing to pull for Pogacar.
Another thing very important is who will work for these guys in flat sections?
Pogacar
Ayuso
Soler
Yates
Sivakov
Almeida
It will be Politt and Wellens?
Wellens is always crashing and doesn't tolerate extreme heat.
If I was the one deciding, I would leave Soler and Wellens at home and bring Laengen and Bjerg
 
Rog is fine.

I feel a Rog versus Pog situation would be something too good to be true... so I'd rather not project that far ahead yet.

But sure as things stand Roglič will prepare his TdF as per the Bora pre-season plan & Pog is also training for his Giro-Tour double attempt according to his plans as well.

It would be amazing tbh (especially the final ITT if the race is still undecided).

Too early to call it. Skeletor can still have good enough preparations and show the world who's the strongest (when Grischa says the password)

EDIT: I didn't know about further contusions of Vingo, well that makes things more difficult for him.
 
The problem will be Ayuso. Yates was bought to be a domestique of Pogacar. Almeida will eventually lose time and will work for Pogacar. The question is Ayuso, I don't think he is willing to pull for Pogacar.
Another thing very important is who will work for these guys in flat sections?
Pogacar
Ayuso
Soler
Yates
Sivakov
Almeida
It will be Politt and Wellens?
Wellens is always crashing and doesn't tolerate extreme heat.
If I was the one deciding, I would leave Soler and Wellens at home and bring Laengen and Bjerg
What is the TT situation in Giro? Ayuso may gain time on anything flat. It will not be the same as Kuss gaining minutes, but the competition will also be weaker so if not pushed, Ayuso could end up staying in the lead a long time.
 
Since we are already awarding him the Giro-Tour double, should he go to the Vuelta too?
Kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity:p
Not sure what to hope for tbh. I hope he does not press too hard this year and eventually destoys his health at the age of 25. There are athlethes who did attempt too much and were never the same after (or at least for a very long time) - Peter Reid and Thomas Hellriegel for example.
 
What is the TT situation in Giro? Ayuso may gain time on anything flat. It will not be the same as Kuss gaining minutes, but the competition will also be weaker so if not pushed, Ayuso could end up staying in the lead a long time.
Pogacar is better than Ayuso in any TT. But we have Galibier already in stage 4, that will be crucial to Ayuso. If he looses time to Pogacar, team will order him to be a dom.
 
Too early to call it. Skeletor can still have good enough preparations and show the world who's the strongest (when Grischa says the password)

EDIT: I didn't know about further contusions of Vingo, well that makes things more difficult for him.

I have to say it would be delirious if Vingegaard actually crushed the TdF 2024 after yesterday.

In terms of 'performance' it would even dwarf Combloux. Then world would know who the strongest is... & his 'rivals' (what rivals lol) could then simply quit & refuse to race against him. But I don't see it. I think Vingegaard's Tour is totally kaput. The same injuries (thereabouts) happened to Alaphilippe in Liège a couple of years ago & he came back after two months... but was nowhere near his prior level.

So not even Vingegaard can brush this off & be at his usual level. It's annoying as well, i.e. there will always be people saying "if Vingegaard was fit he'd be winning bla bla bla". But hey, that's part of this sport I suppose.
 
Pogacar is better than Ayuso in any TT. But we have Galibier already in stage 4, that will be crucial to Ayuso. If he looses time to Pogacar, team will order him to be a dom.

Under normal circumstances Ayuso would have no chance against fierce accelerations by Vingo and Pog so the team hierarchy would be set quickly. This year is different though - Vingo may not be the ultimate rival this time and Pog probably won't be 100% strong (due to the Giro).
 
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