Pogacar, the glutton, has already crushed the Giro

Pogacar, the glutton, has already crushed the Giro
Pogacar, the glutton, has already crushed the Giro

The teeth of the followers and some of his opponents begin to grit. Tadej Pogacar was the big favorite for the Giro, there was no room for doubt. But the 25-year-old cyclist, clear leader of the general classification on the evening of the 9th stage (2’40 over the Colombian Daniel Felipe Martinez and 2’58 over the Welshman Geraint Thomas), also allows himself to pile up the successes. .. Because “Pogi” already has 3 stages in his pocket – including one after falling at the start of the final pass! -, he attacked other profiles not necessarily to his advantage and he even acted as a teammate in Naples on Sunday! Obviously, this makes some people unhappy, especially since the future 10th and 15th stages seem to be planned for him.

“Every leader does what they want and that is totally acceptable. He takes pleasure in what he does,” Nairo Quintana initially calmed down. The Colombian, winner of the Giro 10 years ago and 2nd in 2017, added a small stone in the garden of Ticino protégé Mauro Gianetti: “I just did things differently. With my team, we always gave other teams the opportunity to win too. But what he does is understandable.”

“If, at the start of this Tour of Italy, I had been told that I was going to have a lead of more than 2 minutes on the first rest day, I would have signed straight away,” explained Pogacar. It happened and we can give ourselves 10 out of 10 on this Giro so far. I still keep the next Tour de France in the back of my mind too. There is a de facto gap overall and that allows me not to go too far beyond my limits by having to make the difference even more. There, I can run more defensively and rely as much as possible on my teammates.

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