Tadej Pogacar says we need more long range attacks in cycling after his 120km solo move
Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar said more long-range attacks are needed to make cycling more fun, after his 120km trip to Tre Valli Varesine.
Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), moved in the rain in Italy on Tuesday October 5th because he “just wanted to have fun” before setting up his teammate Davide Formolo, who finally finished second behind veteran Alessandro De Marchi ( Israel Start-Up Nation).
Slovenian superstar Pogacar is no stranger to movement from afar as he showed at the Tour de France, winning the race on two consecutive attempts.
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In an interview reported by Cycling news, Pogačar said: “We tested our legs for sure today. I wanted to give my best and have fun on the road,
“We’re seeing more and more long range attacks. I think it’s good and more open. It’s more interesting for the fans and makes the races more interesting.”
Pogacar’s rival Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) also rose to fame for his long-distance moves, achieving a superb solo attack with 31km to go in the Coppa Bernocchi race in appalling weather conditions for clinch victory earlier this week. Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) also attacked more than 80 km from the finish during the first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes last week.
Chris Froome (now Israel Start-Up Nation) perhaps one of the most famous long-distance moves to fight control of the Giro d’Italia 2018, with an 80km attack on the Colle delle Finestre before finishing on Bardonecchia.
Pogacar finished third at the 2021 Tre Valli Varesine after his huge long-distance move, suffering from a late puncture that put him out of action for the win.
As he prepares for the last Monument of the year, he did not show the same form he had at the Tour de France with the Slovenian unable to keep up with Evenepoel and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) at the Championships. Europe as well as sub-par performance. at the world championships.
He then dropped out of the Giro dell’Emilia, won by fellow Slovenian and main rival Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), but the 23-year-old is happy with his form at Il Lombardia.
“I honestly think my form is improving from race to race,” he continued. “My legs are good, my condition is good, but it has been a long season and my head is spinning in places.
“Sometimes I have a good day and sometimes a bad day, like Emilia, which was a really bad day for me. Now I have to mentally prepare for Il Lombardia. I think I can have a good day there. “
Pogacar will face stiff competition at Il Lombardia, with world champion Julian Alaphilippe alongside Deceuninck – Quick-Step co-leaders Evenepoel and Joao Almeida.
Roglič also returns with Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and fourth place at the Worlds Neilson Powless (EF Education-Nippo), among others.
Il Lombardia takes place between Como and Bergamo on a difficult and grueling 239 km course on Saturday 9 October and closes the Italian racing season and many racing seasons.