Tadej Pogačar has had an amazing start to 2022, and that is putting it mildly. He conquered the UAE Tour, Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, and is now wants to add La Classicissima to his glorious string of victories. It definitely seems like a solid plan but Milan-San Remo will not be easy, not even close to being easy, and Pogacar has admitted to it.
Tadej is also a Tour De France Champion, at the tender age of 23, he is changing his fate and turning the wheels of time to write a glorious future for him, something the history books will definitely remember. As of right now, Tadej has accumulated 10 impressive stage victories and has proved the point that the greatest riders with enough set of skill can accomplish virtually anything, even win classics like Milan-San Remo.
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Pogačar will be a force to be reckoned with at Milan-San Remo, him just being there will send the other athletes into a frenzy and they will brew tactics on how to defeat him. In any case, the Slovenian has just reduced the sprinter’s chance of winning the event.
After returning from Tirreno-Adriatico, Tadej Pogačar stated:
Everyone keeps asking what to expect on Saturday. Well, we can expect a long, hard race. Milan-San Remo is one of the easiest races to finish but one of the hardest races to win but we go there with a strong team and we try our best.
I think it’s also one of the most difficult races for me to win, probably the hardest.
Look at the finale. The Cipressa is not so steep. There’s the Poggio but a lot of riders can get over it and at speed, including some of the sprinters. At that point, the race is decided in a sprint or someone tries a late solo attack. I’m not the rider with all the best options to win it. Of course, if I get a chance, I’ll go for it.
Soon Tadej Pogačar will be in his Tour De France from, this is something he warned the other cyclists after winning Tirreno-Adriatico. This is a smart move made by the Slovenian, as it surely relaxed him but confused his rivals. Pogačar has the form to mount a successful attack on the Poggio Climbs or the Cipressa, this makes him even deadlier for Milan-San Remo. Now, UAE Team Emirates just needs to be strategic and choose a team that will wipe out all the other sprinters easily, that definitely includes Pogačar.
Tadej Pogačar shared his views about Milan-San Remo and the Cipressa:
A long-range attack in Milan-San Remo would be something special but I don’t think it’s likely. But maybe on the Cipressa, you can do it…”
There is a lot of speculation going on, about how Milan-San Remo will actually unfold. A small team could take out the other sprinters clearing the way for Pogačar as he duels with the likes of Wout Van Aert and others. Either way, we can’t wait for the event.
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