Pogacar: “I went full throttle”

Pogacar: “I went full throttle”
Pogacar: “I went full throttle”

Two victories in Turn, in his first Corsa Rosa. The first in the mountains, in the mythical Oropa Sanctuary. The second, in time trial, a discipline in which he had not raised his arms for almost a year (Slovenian Nationals in 2023). That is his versatility, the magnitude of him. Infinite. Tadej Pogacar He once again conquered a grand lap time trial (he had not done so since the 2021 Tour), which helped him put the overall standings on track with still 14 stages to go. As incredible as it is true.

“I’m very happy to have felt good on the time trial bike. I started at an easier pace to get used to the bike, because last year I changed the timing position with the team. I tried to work on this to gain comfort on the bike and be able to be powerful. I’m not going to say what I did specifically, because otherwise everyone would. (laughs). Then I went full throttle. I heard two time slots, but I wasn’t sure what they were saying on the radio, so I focused on myself. I’m sure it suited me better than Pippo (Ganna). It was quite steep, so it was an advantage for me, but it won’t be like that in the next time trial,” he analyzed. Pogi after securing his sixth consecutive day as a pink jersey.

Cycling – Giro d’Italia – Stage 7 – Foligno to Perugia – Italy – May 10, 2024 UAE Team Emirates’ Tadej Pogacar celebrates wearing the maglia rosa jersey after stage 7 REUTERS/Jennifer LorenziniJennifer LorenziniREUTERS

Regarding the large advantages obtained, the Slovenian confessed that he was a little surprised by the performance of Martínez and Thomas: Maybe it was both things. I’m a little surprised by myself, I had a super day. He also hoped Thomas and Martinez would be closer. It was a hard day, a tough time trial. If you didn’t have the best legs, the final climb would be very long.” However, he does not expect, by any means, a calmer Giro from now on: “Everyone will try to attack from afar, get into breakaways, look for opportunities. It will be hard to control the next few days until the end of the Giro. We will go day by day. We have a super strong team. We will see what we can do tomorrow and how we can run as a team.”

Finally, without losing his smile, the UAE player confessed what he would like to happen to avoid the extra wear and tear that comes with wearing the pink jersey every day: “Shorter press conferences would help my recovery. I go to the flash interview, then mixed zone, then press conference… I have to answer the same questions ten times, more or less.”

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