Imagine how nervous a 1st week Tour peleton gets if Pogacar isn't there. 20 GC dudes who think it's now or never.The baby-faced monster took a well-deserved rest after the Tour and Olympics. Now he's refreshed and ready for the last part of the season prioritizing European and World Championships as well as Lombardia.
I took a week off, and went to the beach. Now I am ready to race again. It’s the first time I am doing [Plouay], and it will be an honor to race with the national Slovenian team at the world championships.
He doesn't regard himself as a star
People recognize me on the street, but it’s not like I’m a pop star. I’m just a bike rider, I enjoy racing my bike. I am living my dream right now. I’m excited to race again
And last but not least, he showed an intention to race and win Giro and Vuelta. I think that Giro-Vuelta double is considered for 2022.
I like to go to different races that I have not raced yet, I’d like to race the Giro and Vuelta, two races I have not won yet. There are a lot of races I can still win.
I'm not sure about that. He defended the Tour, proving it was not a fluke. He showed he's the boss. I think it's natural to try Giro-Vuelta double now and he'd like to do it. Hopefully he won't become a one-GT guy. As for the Tour without him: Primoz should ride flat stages with pillows attached to his body to make sure he finally wins the race.Imagine how nervous a 1st week Tour peleton gets if Pogacar isn't there. 20 GC dudes who think it's now or never.
But he's going to the Tour surely.
It would be a good test on doing two GTs in the same year though, if he succeeds at winning or podiuming then he can go all in at the Tour and do Vuelta. Then the next year Giro and Tour.He never specified that he wants to ride bot Giro and Vuelta in the same year. I think he will ride the Tour every year plus one other grand tour from now on apart from maybe Olmypic year or a world championship like Innsbruck where he is the favourite.
Performing Giro+Vuelta double is more realistic than other doubles and he should try it first (his coach spoke about it some time ago). He skipped Vuelta again for a reason - Tour+Vuelta is way more difficult and Giro+Tour is close to impossible.He never specified that he wants to ride bot Giro and Vuelta in the same year. I think he will ride the Tour every year plus one other grand tour from now on apart from maybe Olmypic year or a world championship like Innsbruck where he is the favourite.
And I doubt Pogacar has realistic chances to win the Tour having ridden the Giro. It's almost impossible, especially against fresh Roglic (if he stays on his bike). Keep in mind that Pog gave up on Tour-Vuelta double for the second year running. If he chooses the Giro indeed then the Vuelta is his next GT.I doubt Pogačar wouldn't do Tour 2022. The bigger question is will he do Giro 2022. He would like to do Giro and UAE now might have enough cyclists to have reasonable support on two GTs. If you would ask Pogačar then Giro 2022 likely yes. If you would ask UAE then Giro 2022 likely no.
If Pog enters the Giro undertrained at 70% of his form then maybe. His base level is high. Then again, winning the Giro could be difficult in this case. But this double is so difficult for a reason, Giro is so physically demanding and the Tour requires the highest level.I think he peaked early in the Tour this year. That don't help when doubling up.
The organizers will convince Tadej by including a stage in Slovenian Alps (ending in Komenda) and promising snowy weather on Stelvio.I feel like Tour favorites always talk about doing the Giro before making the schedule and going to the Tour.
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