• The Cycling News forum is looking to add some volunteer moderators with Red Rick's recent retirement. If you're interested in helping keep our discussions on track, send a direct message to @SHaines here on the forum, or use the Contact Us form to message the Community Team.

    In the meanwhile, please use the Report option if you see a post that doesn't fit within the forum rules.

    Thanks!

Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

Page 590 - Get up to date with the latest news, scores & standings from the Cycling News Community.
And a bonus pic

GN9xo8uXIAAMY1F
This ride was so otherworldly that even Pantani appeared on his back!
 
I’ve had doubts about Pogacar at over 2,000 metres ….. until today. That answered any lingering doubts. It also validates Red Rick’s theory that ability at altitude is as much about form as it is genetics.

Personally while today was epic, albeit several levels below Pantani Les Deux Alpes, it will be a little empty if he can’t carry this level into the 3rd week of the TdF.

When was the last time anyone led GC in a grand tour after 14 stages by this margin?

I think he will ride conservatively until stage 20 when he can “do his thing” as Geraint Thomas put it. Doing so might also remind any doubters and rival teams of his recovery abilities.
 
I’ve had doubts about Pogacar at over 2,000 metres ….. until today. That answered any lingering doubts. It also validates Red Rick’s theory that ability at altitude is as much about form as it is genetics.

Personally while today was epic, albeit several levels below Pantani Les Deux Alpes, it will be a little empty if he can’t carry this level into the 3rd week of the TdF.

When was the last time anyone led GC in a grand tour after 14 stages by this margin?

I think he will ride conservatively until stage 20 when he can “do his thing” as Geraint Thomas put it. Doing so might also remind any doubters and rival teams of his recovery abilities.
Hardly validates it. Today wasnt that much altitude, and the overall stage length and fatigue was more important
 
I’ve had doubts about Pogacar at over 2,000 metres ….. until today. That answered any lingering doubts. It also validates Red Rick’s theory that ability at altitude is as much about form as it is genetics.

Personally while today was epic, albeit several levels below Pantani Les Deux Alpes, it will be a little empty if he can’t carry this level into the 3rd week of the TdF.

When was the last time anyone led GC in a grand tour after 14 stages by this margin?

I think he will ride conservatively until stage 20 when he can “do his thing” as Geraint Thomas put it. Doing so might also remind any doubters and rival teams of his recovery abilities.
Several levels below Pantani? Really? Im not trolling just curious because i think he was incredible today
 
  • Like
Reactions: jmdirt
I was actually one of those that after the 2019 Tour thought Ineos transitioned from Wiggins to Froome to Thomas and for the next years Bernal will win GTs. While obviously no one could foresee Bernal’s accident, I am wuite confident that with the rise of Pogacar and Vingegaard that anyway Bernal would have never matched them. Really crazy to see how far above the rest they are.
Do we have other examples for that? Contador and Schleck obviously also did some stand stills in the mountains before dropping anyone again. But realistically - their margins were never as big. Armstrong and Ullrich? Maybe.
 
  • Like
Reactions: SHAD0W93
Why not? Usually it's the third week that does the damage. Greatest winning margin in that time frame was 11'26" in 1965 (next in line are 2006 and 1973).
Cause going back to the mid 1950s is an extremely long time and includes the times of Anquetil, Merckx and Hinault beating up pub riders in the time when they though riding on alcohol was a great idea