Tour of Lombardy: after Liège and the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar, last chance before downgrading

UAE Tour, Strade Bianche, Tour of Slovenia, Tour de France podium, Montreal GP and Trois Vallées Varésines. Of suspense, we will not. This list for 2022 belongs to Tadej Pogacar. Question though: what percentage of riders do you estimate for whom these results would be perfect for a season? 98 or 99%? The truth is that when he started it on February 20, Tadej Pogacar was the owner of three of the most important races in the world: Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tour de France and Lombardy. As you may have understood, he expects a certain degradation.

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It is characteristic of champions and especially those whose precocity and talent have so dazzled the world that we almost forget that they are neither robots nor unbeatable. This setback of the medal will come soon, we imagine it in any case, knocking on the door of the one we are careful to call Cannibal but who looks like it, Remco Evenepoel. Since his Slovenian friend of his cracked down earlier, he is already there. From 2019 to 2021, he had only experienced an increase in power. He judges instead:

2019: Tour of the Algarve, Tour of California, 3rd of the Tour (+3 stages)
2020: Tour de France
2021: Tour of the United Arab Emirates, Tirreno-Adriatico, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour de France, Tour of Lombardy.

Difficult to do better, to tell the truth, even if a world champion title hadn’t been a task in the decoration. But still, Tadej Pogacar set the bar very high, very quickly. And the 2022 descent necessarily looks more impressive in this regard. At his level, there are only very big races that score points. Or the very beautiful victories. The Strade Bianche and its 50-terminal solo was obviously one of them. Enough to make the 2022 vintage a memorable vintage? Nope.

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The real failure of Pogacar is the Tour

The real failure of the year for Tadej Pogacar is the Tour de France as a tragedy in the family of his girlfriend, Urska Zygart, had led him to go to Slovenia instead of defending his title in Liege. The absent ones always making mistakes, Remco Evenepoel jumped on the Strange Coincidence trophy, in passing. But “Pogi” had to surrender to Jonas Vingegaard in the Tour de France. The unbeatable with a smile fell off his pedestal, not far from when he landed on the second step. The truth is that without saying that he will not be the favorite of the 2023 Tour, his aura has received a blow. Hitting the table in Lombardy this Saturday would therefore not be the worst idea.

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If in the Vuelta a Emilia, Enric Mas had hit him in the head last Saturday, Pogacar responded in the Trois Vallées Varésines on Tuesday, accommodating a group of twenty men to the sprint. “It’s a good performance against Lombardy“, summed up the Slovenian who perhaps needed to calm down. Not in his ability to win since he is, with 15 wins, one of the two most prolific men of the season in Evenepoel’s company. Rather in his legs.

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Winning will be harder than last yearhe said, though. We will try, as always, to give our best.“. The route of the classic of the dead leaves has evolved a bit and gives less prominence to the climbers, more to the punchers. Are we doing so much Julian Alaphilippe, in legs on Monday at the Coppa Bernocchi, the favorite? It would be fine At last And after all, if we classify Pogacar as a climber before saying that he is a puncher, it is only because he is fantastic in the mountains and “only” very good on short climbs.

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Whether he is a favorite or not ultimately matters little to Tadej Pogacar. It is for most of the races in which he participates and if he has won more this year than in 2021, qualitatively the results are obviously less good. A win over the last Monument of the season wouldn’t immediately put him in the “excellent” category, but he would have the advantage of imprinting the image of a victorious “Pogi” on his opponents’ memories. Before the reconquest of 2023, admitting that it would not be a luxury.

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