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Tirreno - Adriatico 2021, March 10 - March 16

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Great TT by Pogacar, but again he was not able to show off his national ITT jersey, which he got in June last year. So far he's not been able to show it off yet, since in all the TTs he's done last year and this year, he was in some type of leaders/points jersey. I guess it's a good problem to have. :)
 
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So WVA completed an incredible week with a TT win. Let's remember that he also won a sprint, was top3 on hilly stages and was 8th on a difficult MTF. There's nothing he can't do. Still, Pogacar won the race comfortably showing great strength with two solo rides in the mountains and hills and (as I expected) concluded the race with a very strong TT. Congrats to both on a great week. BTW time gaps are indeed huge (GT like)! Two aliens while the rest are humans.
 
Great TT by Pogacar, but again he was not able to show off his national ITT jersey, which he got in June last year. So far he's not been able to show it off yet, since in all the TTs he's done last year and this year, he was in some type of leaders/points jersey. I guess it's a good problem to have. :)

He rides for UAE, his national champion ITT suit probably consists of some tiny Slovenian flag on an otherwise regular UAE jersey.
 
Pogacar is going to take some beating in July.

Yea he will give some beating to others. How can you beat him? He is the strongest in TT and on climbs. Only way to lose is by mechanical in worst possible stage of a race, or by fall and DNF. In fact he will win every stage race he enters. If you are that dominant over other GC guys in TT and in the same time you distance them in climb, you just can't lose. Only one close is Roglic but he is behind in TT. We will get some answers in april at Tour of the Basque Country.
 
Yea he will give some beating to others. How can you beat him? He is the strongest in TT and on climbs. Only way to lose is by mechanical in worst possible stage of a race, or by fall and DNF. In fact he will win every stage race he enters. If you are that dominant over other GC guys in TT and in the same time you distance them in climb, you just can't lose. Only one close is Roglic but he is behind in TT. We will get some answers in april at Tour of the Basque Country.

His only weakness is hot weather, although he seemed to have been working on that too, as evidenced by his UAE Tour performance.
 
Yea he will give some beating to others. How can you beat him? He is the strongest in TT and on climbs. Only way to lose is by mechanical in worst possible stage of a race, or by fall and DNF. In fact he will win every stage race he enters. If you are that dominant over other GC guys in TT and in the same time you distance them in climb, you just can't lose. Only one close is Roglic but he is behind in TT. We will get some answers in april at Tour of the Basque Country.

Now it seems that only in-form Roglic supported by super-strong team can compete with Pogacar at the TdF (but I would favour Poga anyway). It's hard to look past these two but there's still a lot of time remaining and a lot can happen. Everybody was expecting Froome vs Contador duel at the Tour'14...
 
I really think Jumbo and Ineos will have to get creative to beat Pogacar if all on form in July. The train tactics won't beat him as he'll just beat them in the TT and they're not really going to distance him up climbs anyway bar Roglic beating him in those last 500m sprints he does.
 
Van Aert pushing 85W less than Ganna, and still beating him comfortably.

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I didn't believe the numbers until I saw the corner that said last 2.2 KM. I am not sure what's the point of publishing the last 2.2. KM power numbers without the context the whole TT?
That was a part with long straight sections, so they likely were pushing full gas. It's quite likely this is a good indicator of what van Aert has to push in % compared to Ganna. Van Aert weighs quite a few kg less and he's a bit shorter too. Also, van Aert was faster than Ganna in the 2nd part of the TT.