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Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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No. You both get more tired but can go higher in form. The negatove effect of fatigue is a bit delayed after initial supercompensation
I had heard you just get less fatigued than others so perform better relative to them, but given some of the amazing performances in the last week of a GT your explanation makes sense to me, and i don't really know what I'm talking about :sweatsmile:
 
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As someone already said, Pogacar looks like a kid "in a candy shop" or a kid in a playground.

It's clear he is struggling to hold on in a program and thus race more conservatively or with a view for the future. What he did yesterday, that giant pull in the pink jersey was by all means stupid, absurd but thus beautiful. Because he was having fun and not calculating the worst possible outcome.

His playful personality is clearly as strong as his ambition and prowess and I would argue that this is why he is ultimately a gift to the sport in decades and why he decided to race both Giro and the Tour.
 
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Doesn’t make sense to lose weight for spring classics but not for a GT. I think he’s leaner and in top form at the moment. You don’t go on altitude to be at your best for Liege, then lose form and build it again for the 3rd week of a GT. I think he’s just in best form for 5-6 weeks straight.

He didnt target cobbled classics (last year he weighted 67 kg in early April) so he weighted less at the start of the season focusing on stage racing more in his double attempt year. No contradiction here. I am not noticing him weighting less now but its not easy to assess obviously.
 
As someone already said, Pogacar looks like a kid "in a candy shop" or a kid in a playground.

It's clear he is struggling to hold on in a program and thus race more conservatively or with a view for the future. What he did yesterday, that giant pull in the pink jersey was by all means stupid, absurd but thus beautiful. Because he was having fun and not calculating the worst possible outcome.

He's playful personality is clearly as strong as his ambition and prowess and I would argue that this is why he is ultimately a gift to the sport in decades and why he decided to race both Giro and the Tour.
Well put, I agree with this.

His style and personality has truly been like fresh air for the sport.
 
Limited opportunities for sprinters is a laughable claim. They get far more chances than any other type of rider.
And they're paid to do domestique duty for the GC candidates in a GT. Otherwise they got nothing but one day classics in the Spring and parking lot kermesses.
The fact that GTs seem to have proportionately more aggressive stages (faster) does limit the opportunities for guys that hate anything above a 5% grade. It's the old reality: bike racing is not genetically democratic on all fronts.
 
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Doesn’t make sense to lose weight for spring classics but not for a GT. I think he’s leaner and in top form at the moment. You don’t go on altitude to be at your best for Liege, then lose form and build it again for the 3rd week of a GT. I think he’s just in best form for 5-6 weeks straight.
He was in Sierra Nevada and Matxin commented that it was only because Urska was there. So we don't know what kind of high altitude concentration he did, I understand that it was very light, since it was not planned.
 
Like I said prior to the Giro, We must wait for the Tour if we really want to know how good he is. Even his weight looks bigger than other GT's he has done.
Like others have said; he is probably doing more strength work which is helpful for a longer season. IMO he's progressed well to form; took some time off and will hit a first real peak in the last week. He can taper out and start a Tour build and, hopefully, hit his target peak for that last week there.
His challenge, aside from finishing the Giro successfully will be the intensity and risk of early Tour stages. His opposition should try to take advantage of him then if they want to upset his strategy.
 
He was in Sierra Nevada and Matxin commented that it was only because Urska was there. So we don't know what kind of high altitude concentration he did, I understand that it was very light, since it was not planned.
This. Pogacar wasn't really training at altitude so it is normal that he isn't in peak shape. Maybe he is preserving his optimal weight and his peak level for the Tour. The Tour is very backloaded this year (he needs to be good for 3 weeks) and he will probably be in yellow before stage 14 so he needs to be superb and not fatigued to defend his jersey.
 
"For sure it's in the back of my mind," Pogačar said when asked if he was already looking ahead to the Tour. "That's why I'm happy that I now have a bigger gap so I don't need to try and push too much over the limit to take time on the other guys. Now it's more defensive riding and using the team as much as possible to bring me to the finish line.
He is really a unique guy, he could give the obvious answer (just focused in the giro because it is very tough bla bla bla) but he chose to be honest and authentic. We need this type of communication in cycling!
 
"For sure it's in the back of my mind," Pogačar said when asked if he was already looking ahead to the Tour. "That's why I'm happy that I now have a bigger gap so I don't need to try and push too much over the limit to take time on the other guys. Now it's more defensive riding and using the team as much as possible to bring me to the finish line.
Bjerg & Laengen are thinking they're going to have a tough couple of weeks. Everyone else must be thinking "lets tire them out!" It will be very interesting to see how it goes with the breakaways.
 
Bjerg & Laengen are thinking they're going to have a tough couple of weeks. Everyone else must be thinking "lets tire them out!" It will be very interesting to see how it goes with the breakaways.
Not really mate. I don't know if they will try to win tomorrow but they will have to work. The next stage they will work is stage 15. Sprint teams will try to win stages 11, 12 (probably a day for the break) and 13, stage 14 is a active rest day for all peloton bar gc riders.