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Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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I didn't follow this properly anymore, but how come Pogacar can wear shorts that don't match the jersey? Thought UCI first made an issue of this. It's OK now? Makes sense btw, it's a stupid rule
A couple of days after that news came out, UCI eventually gave the green light for Pogacar to wear the pink-ciclamino skinsuit combo. That’s why Pogacar wore that during the TT and also today. I agree it was stupid of UCI to make that a big deal in the first place.
 
Hearing the rumours about UAE telling Poga to ease off to give other teams a chance to win is lowkey killing the excitement I had for the remainder of this giro.
If this means Pogacar can win this Giro and still leaves himself with adequate reserves to be competitive at the Tour deep into the 3rd week then so be it.

For me the excitement of seeing someone achieve the Giro/TdF double for the first time in 26 years exceeds what happens this Giro.

But I think the lack of genuine competition is the biggest killer of excitement this Giro . That’s not UAE’s or Pogacar’s fault.
 
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Hearing the rumours about UAE telling Poga to ease off to give other teams a chance to win is lowkey killing the excitement I had for the remainder of this giro.
That also might be the only way they can manage how much exuberance he put into the Giro. Not just a few of us have wondered if he can balance the long goal with the opportunities in front of him?
 
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Not sure how to take this quote but sounds like he's been ill as well? Perhaps a factor in UAE chilling out a bit.

“I’ve seen a lot of guys getting sick, but I’m getting better. I’m almost OK,” Pogačar said after the stage Thursday. “In the peloton on the day before the rest day, there were a lot of guys coughing and snorting, so I hope they are all right.”
 
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Not sure how to take this quote but sounds like he's been ill as well? Perhaps a factor in UAE chilling out a bit.

“I’ve seen a lot of guys getting sick, but I’m getting better. I’m almost OK,” Pogačar said after the stage Thursday. “In the peloton on the day before the rest day, there were a lot of guys coughing and snorting, so I hope they are all right.”
He said so a couple of days ago, that he’s not sure if he’s caught a cold or if it’s just allergies…
 
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His skin has certainly flared up and face looking a bit more bloated than his 13 year old usual complexion, but that's to be expected, allergies, pollen, lowering immune system now past the first week etc.
As for the peloton asking fir gifts, this seems mostly the media claiming it based on Pogacar's comments, I can't say I've read a single statement from a rider or a team claiming Pogacar should gift them anything. Definitely should ignore Lantern Rouge too, those guys get most of what they claim is happening wrong / saying it for hits anyway. How can they possibly be correct when they're not waiting for the team and rider comments after each stage but going live or doing a podcast. They're not even there, they are passive TV fans like any fans so generally not going to know much more than us anyway or can only state the obvious and often be wrong about it.