Pogacar in danger?

Pogacar in danger?
Pogacar in danger?

A few days before the start of the Tour of Italy, Tadej Pogacar is the huge favorite in the race for the pink jersey. But Cyrille Guimard gives some keys to exploiting a possible moment of weakness for the Slovenian.

There is him and the others. Tadej Pogacar is the huge favorite for the Tour of Italy, which starts from Venaria Reale this Saturday. And Cyrille Guimard makes no other observation. Barring an accident, the Slovenian will win this Giro.

“Based on what we have seen since the start of the season and given the opposition, he can hardly be beatenjudges the former sports director, in his column for the Cyclism’Actu site. He has no opponents at his level in this Giro because those who could have been are not present (Vingegaard, Evenepoel, Roglic, etc.). However, you must always remain very careful: falls, punctures, a difficult passage, a poorly controlled escape, teammates who are weak in the knees… you could find yourself in difficulty at some point, but logically, on the ground, we will not find sufficiently important arguments to say that he can be beaten with the pedal. »

How to beat Pogacar?

Should his rivals join forces, harass him every day, in the hope of making him break? It would be risky, because the other leaders risk losing feathers. Cyrille Guimard imagines a more cautious approach. “It’s like hunting. You have to wait until he finds himself in a slightly delicate situation to trigger. You should never trigger before otherwise you risk burning your wings. Either there is the opening or there is not the opening, because when you attack this type of runner, you must not miss him. If the ball misses, the thing is heard and you risk ending up far away. So contrary to what everyone thinks, it’s a waiting race, you have to be in a lookout position. You should definitely not arm wrestle with someone whose arm is twice as strong as you. »

The former coach then gave his contenders for the podium, in addition to Pogacar. Ben O’Connor (Decathlon-AG2R) was the first name mentioned, followed by Romain Bardet. Cyrille Guimard is also banking on Dani Martinez (Bora-Hansgrohe) and the great Belgian hope Cian Uijtdebroeks, who joined Visma-Lease a Bike this year. He did not mention the indestructible Geraint Thomas (Ineos), second behind Roglic last year, often present in major meetings.

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