Tour de France 2022 – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “I don’t see myself as a ‘cannibal’…”

Matching the successes, on top of all terrains that have become rare in super-specialized cycling, the comparison would have ended up popping up one day or another. Is Pogacar the new Merckx? No doubt time will partly answer this question, but what is certain is that the Slovenian is asserting himself more and more as the leader of modern cycling, taking advantage of each stage to establish his dominance, as the Belgian did in his time. If he manages to win, Boogie will not give a gift.

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Who does not want to win all the time? He questioned during the day off before the enthusiasm cooled. But I don’t see myself as a “cannibal.”However, this is the impression he makes when he asks his team to work all day towards the Super Planche des Belles Filles and even more so, on Sunday, towards Chatel, where he could have lightened the weight of his training in the yellow jersey. “This jacket, Pogacar respects her so much for that.”We don’t say no to the yellow jersey, it’s something specialIt is to explain. I hope to keep it until ParisEven if it means rolling his team behind the breakup every day?

Poujacar: “We have proven our ability to dominate the race”

It’s better to be a little ahead than a little behindthe double title holder in Grande Boucle believes. We’re in a position where we can take control, and that’s a little easier for me and the team. During yesterday’s phase, it was all about imposing a rhythm that fit the whole team to dominate. We were going to get back to the front of the race but they were very strong. In the final I ran fast and only Vingegaard could follow me and I took a few seconds off the others, which is always a good thing“And this Tour de France is a perfect example of that.

Pogacar, gnawing instead of gluttony

From the start in Copenhagen, Pogacar took time from his opponents in six of the first nine stages. This is for all terrain. He started his harvest with a third place finish in the opening time trial in Copenhagen, but he’s gone up to double in the past five days: 13 ‘on Arenberg’s cobblestones, at least 10’ in bonuses during both his back-to-back successes at Longwy and at Super Planche des Belles Filles, 4” Bonuses in Lausanne … And on Sunday in Châtel, his enemy caused a small break behind him and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma). balance sheet? 3 ” taken from his other opponents. At the end of this first week and while the mountain was only coming, only the Dane seemed to have denied Pogacar his third crown in a row.

The duel was great: Poojacar sprinted away to overtake Vingegaard at the top

Last year, Jonas Vinggaard was the only jockey able to put – a bit – Tadej Pojaccar in difficulty, which led to him putting him off a bit at Mont Ventoux during the eleventh stage. His start to the season and the Tour de France (second overall, at 39 inches) make him the definitive Slovenian contender for the yellow jersey. More of a Pogacar climber as complete as possible, the Dane will hit his alpine land this week. What to worry about the UAE captain, who is having difficulty due to the attack of his rival in the Super Planche des Belles Filles? “Yes, Jonas pushed really hard and there was a gap I had to fillHe says. But I managed to undermine it and win… That’s what matters, right?However, the Slovenian remains cautious ahead of the Alps.

Climbing has so far nothing to do with those in the Alps

I don’t know if I’m a better climber than him, He simply admits. We’ve had a climb so far but it has nothing to do with what we’ll have on Wednesday and ThursdayBecause the Phase 11 and 12 program truly promises mountaineering in all its splendor. On Wednesday, Galibier and Granon will follow each other into the final before Galibier-Croix-de-Fer-Alpe d’Huez with today’s next trio. Planche des Belles Filles to the rank of clients”.Granon and Alpe d’Huez stage will be two big stages and we will see who is stronger nextas the Slovenian believes. I hope to have good legs this weekTadej Pojakar or not, cannibal or not, he will need it.

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