Pogacar’s psychological game begins with Tour champion Vingegaard


the slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates)winner of the 2020 and 2021 Tour, he is feeling recovered from the scaphoid fracture he suffered in Liège-Bastogne-Liègebut before the Tour starts this Saturday at Bilbao He admitted that “the favorite is Jonas Vingegaard”, defending champion.

“Jonas Vingegaard will be the great opponent of the next Tour, all eyes will be on him, said Pogacar in the pages of L’Equipe.

As Pogacar explained, winner of the Slovenian time trial and online titles, his greatest rival in the Tour staged a demonstration in the Dauphiné.

“In the Dauphiné he ran to show that he is capable of winning easily, almost on one leg. Nobody can keep up with him. He showed that he is in good shape. Everyone expects me to win this Tour easily,” said he.

Since mid-June, Pogacar has been able to train normally, without wrist pain.

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“Actually, I’ve never had any pain. It’s just that I can’t fully flex my hand, it’s always a bit stuck. I think I’m fit for the Tour, but my mood is totally different from last summer.”

The Slovenian champion clarified that “when you have to defend your title, you don’t have the same pressure as when you have to take it back. I feel calm. This year, I have nothing to lose.”

Source: La Verdad


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