The UAE Team Emirates has enjoyed a great start to 2022, as their prized cyclist Tadej Pogacar continues his winning streak. Although Pogacar has stressed many times that the team has prepared squads for different and varied situations but that does not seem true as the main selection revolves around Pogacar himself, to aid him of course.
The Slovenian will be going for the offensive in Milan-San Remo and for this purpose, he needs a team that could and will back him up for any impending situation. This time around, he will be joined in by Davide Formolo, Diego Ulissi, Jan Polanc, Oliviero Troia, Alessandro Covi, and Ryan Gibbons who will be making his debut at Milan-San Remo. This definitely seems like an aggressive squad and will be prepared to back up the Slovenian so that he could easily making his attack on the finale.
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Needless to say, Pogacar has accumulated a lot of victories this year, he has won the UAE Tour, Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico and hopes are all-time high for Milan-San Remo. Although the Milan-San Remo is completely different than the other races he has participated in, he seems to be the best one for the job.
Pogacar made a very positive statement about Milan-San Remo and his team:
I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year. The whole team has pulled together and worked really hard so I think it is showing in our results as a group. I’m excited for Milano-San Remo.
The finish is not too far from where I live in Monaco so I know the last part of the race and the final climbs a bit.
Talking about Milan-San Remo, this is not going to be the Slovenian’s first jab at the Italian Classic. His first take on the event was in 2020 when the pandemic was devastating everything. He finished at the 12th position and was only a few seconds behind the eventual winner Wout van Aert. Pogacar retaliated next month by winning the Tour De France and made a big name for himself.
As we’ve seen before, this race is one of the most difficult to win and can end in many outcomes. At UAE we have a team prepared for all the different options so we’re ready for what is sure to be a great race. Pogacar stated in an interview.
It has been a while since a reigning Tour De France Champion has won the Milan-San Remo, the last time to win both the titles was Eddy Merckx in 1975. Will the Slovenian will able to tackle the Herculean task ahead of him? We won’t have to wait long for that as Milan-San Remo kicks off this Saturday!
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