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Teams & Riders Tadej Pogačar discussion thread

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Not seriously to contest. I wouldn't be surprised if he gives his spot up after the tour. He should
Are you guys crazy? He shouldn't even bother because in a race with a slightly harder parcours in exactly the same calendar slot he only got...third???

For what it's worth, I actually think the Paris route is better for him. He probably benefits from the climbs being slightly longer even if there are fewer of them.
 
Are you guys crazy? He shouldn't even bother because in a race with a slightly harder parcours in exactly the same calendar slot he only got...third???

For what it's worth, I actually think the Paris route is better for him. He probably benefits from the climbs being slightly longer even if there are fewer of them.
It depends on what you mean by better, but both are frankly just bad parcourses for him. But in Paris at least you can't say Van der Poel auto wins against him.

Olympics should be complete pandemonium though with such a small peloton from the start, and the favorite there for me is simply the Van Aert/Evenepoel combo
 
It depends on what you mean by better, but both are frankly just bad parcourses for him. But in Paris at least you can't say Van der Poel auto wins against him.

Olympics should be complete pandemonium though with such a small peloton from the start, and the favorite there for me is simply the Van Aert/Evenepoel combo
Add in no radios as well and things should hopefully be brutal.
 
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It depends on what you mean by better, but both are frankly just bad parcourses for him. But in Paris at least you can't say Van der Poel auto wins against him.

Olympics should be complete pandemonium though with such a small peloton from the start, and the favorite there for me is simply the Van Aert/Evenepoel combo
I agree about the Belgians being the favorites but you agree Pogacar absolutely has a chance to win, right? Aside from that, the Olympics are the one case where I rate second and third places extremely highly because the medals have an importance outside of the cycling world. In a country like Austria, and I would guess it's similar with Slovenia, you get the front page of the newspaper if you win bronze.
 
I agree about the Belgians being the favorites but you agree Pogacar absolutely has a chance to win, right? Aside from that, the Olympics are the one case where I rate second and third places extremely highly because the medals have an importance outside of the cycling world. In a country like Austria, and I would guess it's similar with Slovenia, you get the front page of the newspaper if you win bronze.
For me a fit Pogacar is always going to be in the shakeup for the Olympics parcours we have this year but to actually win it probably requires dropping MVDP which will be a tough ask given his prep should be far more ideal than Pogs.
 
I agree about the Belgians being the favorites but you agree Pogacar absolutely has a chance to win, right? Aside from that, the Olympics are the one case where I rate second and third places extremely highly because the medals have an importance outside of the cycling world. In a country like Austria, and I would guess it's similar with Slovenia, you get the front page of the newspaper if you win bronze.
I mean, it's basically impossible to have 0 chance. But I think every intangible is stacked against him.
 
I mean, it's basically impossible to have 0 chance. But I think every intangible is stacked against him.
I don't know, I think people are underestimating the importance of strength even in a race like this. It's not just all a crapshoot. If he gets into a group with Evenepoel, I think Evenepoel works with him and suddenly he is absolutely in a position to win.
 
I don't know, I think people are underestimating the importance of strength even in a race like this. It's not just all a crapshoot. If he gets into a group with Evenepoel, I think Evenepoel works with him and suddenly he is absolutely in a position to win.
Belgian newspapers gonna be on fire if Evenepoel brings Pogacar to the line without Van Aert there.

My overall point is it's probably not hard enough for him to win by brute force, the tactical nature of the race does him no favors, and I think doing both Giro and Tour does him little favors as well.
 
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Did someone say Mamma di Pasta?

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I don't know, I think people are underestimating the importance of strength even in a race like this. It's not just all a crapshoot. If he gets into a group with Evenepoel, I think Evenepoel works with him and suddenly he is absolutely in a position to win.
I would expect him to learn the lesson of Australia 2022 and not be too passive waiting for the last 3 laps while dangerous riders go up the road. This time if Remco anticipates Tadej will jump on it.
 
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