Tour de France – Stage 11 – How do you rock Tadig Pojacar? This is the million-euro question.

Since the era of Tadej Pogacar began on Saturday 19 September 2020 alongside the Planche des Belles Filles, the opposition has hitherto been faced with an unresolvable equation: where, when and how to oust the young Slovenian, firmly fixed in the role of the player. Round head? Halfway through the 2022 edition, but certainly not halfway through major difficulties, here is Pogacar once again in control of the overall classification, acknowledging a slim margin in the competition, but all the same. Again, it’sEverything from behind and in front of him“.

In the next couple of days, this tour will change in terms of dimensions and possibly in face. Five of the seven lanes of the 2022 horse class track will have to be climbed between Wednesday and Thursday, with a double dose of Galibier, Croix-de-Fer and massive top finishes, first from Granon’s Vengeance and the prestigious Alpe d’Beau. Anyway, let’s find out. If Pogacar is still unbreakable. If Vingegaard, or anyone else, can get him in trouble. And on top of all this how?

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On Monday, during his rest day in Morzine, David Godot had to face this question for the time being unanswered. “How do you derail Poojakar? This is the million dollar question.‘, smiled Britton, for the sixth time in the general classification, well-established in the peloton of strangers.Even if he’s alone on the gravel, he’s very strong, we’ve seen thatsays Groupama-FDJ leader. After that, he may have a personal failure. Even the most powerful in the world is not immune to a day without him. But it’s true, many teams are raising their minds to figure out how to kick him off his throne, and I admit I don’t necessarily have the answer.. “

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Some are already wondering if Covid-19, or even a heat wave, aren’t Pogi’s main enemies. On the road, who has a way to tickle the pedal? Vingegaard, perhaps. And maybe that’s it. To destabilize it, then it will be necessary to be creative and bold. It may be a collective issue more than anything else. “I see two or three teams who can change the rankings but they have to be smartAndy Schleck was sentenced on Tuesday in an interview with AFP. Yes, you must be ready for alliances, so that Jumbos do not run after Ineos and vice versa. “

In recent years, whether against Sky or now, against Pogacar, we have often seen teams racing behind each other, to cement their place on the podium, or even the top five or even the top ten in fact, instead of the opponents, they became the head of allies Tour to changing conditions every day. No profit for poojakar today. But is the coalition really reliable? Not sure.

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One thing is for sure, if the Pogacar is as strong as last year, saving the competition will come at the most extreme risk. Attacking from afar, for example. Two teams theoretically have the interest and means to move forward in this way: Jumbo-Visma and INEOS Grenadiers. The Dutch formation at Vingegaard is the main threat against Pogacar and he has in Primoz Roglic a potential launch pad.

The three-time winner of the Volta is sure already sailing in about three minutes, but if he launches a massive attack, as our consultant Alberto Contador suggested, he will force the yellow jersey to strike back. It’s too dangerous to let go. This might be a way to isolate and weaken his compatriot before Grannon climbs on Wednesday or climbs the Alps the next day.

Especially since with Wout van Aert, Jumbo also has a kind of Joker up his sleeve. Provided you use it wisely, according to Andy Schleck: “For me, Jumbo holds the key with Wout van Aert. He is the strongest of the group. He can change the order. But you have to use it cleverly as a team member. There, he goes every day in separation, I hope he calms down a little. Roglic won thanks to his Nice Paris. “

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At some point, if we want to win, we’ll have to take risks

In INEOS, it is a three-headed eagle advancing. They were even four before Daniel Martinez drowned during the last two stages. However, with Geirant Thomas (fourth overall, and third from contenders leaving aside Lenard Kamna), Adam Yates behind the Welshman and Tom Bidcock in the top ten, British Bombers may have enough to decipher the Pogacar. Or at least try. Is this a guarantee of success? no. But it is a prerequisite, no doubt.

Look at this tour, what will happen if they continue like this?, Andy Schleck asks again. Tadig will win. It takes courage and courage. Maybe they will lose the round, but you have to try. Geraint Thomas, for example, is third overall. But third overall, what does that mean for him? He has already won the round. Runners expect a lot. They think about tomorrow and sometime we see the Eiffel Tower, we’re in Paris, and it’s over. “

At some point, if we want to win, we’re going to have to take a risk while we’re in that state of mind.Steve Cummings, one of the INEOS Grenadiers athletic directors, swore on Tuesday, before adding:The plan remains as usual: use our collective power intelligently“A phenomenal individual performance or a perfect team race. Those two options. It may be necessary to combine the two elements to solve the Pogacar equation and this famous million-euro question.

Tadej Pogacar wraps up the 10th stage of the 2022 Tour de France in a sprint

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