Tadej Pogačar ’s 50-kilometre solo ride to victory at Strade Bianche was incredible even by his own high standards, sparking surprise and admiration from his rivals, his UAE Team Emirates manager as well as fellow Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, who followed Strade Bianche from a Eurosport/GCN motorbike.
Pogačar has taken a number of historic victories during his short career and his win on the gravel roads of Tuscany was up there with the best of them – his time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles to win the 2020 Tour de France, last year’s mountain stage to La Grand Bornand when his distanced all his rivals, and his 2021 victories at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia.
His rivals were left stunned when Pogačar attacked on the gravel descent sector at Monte Sante Marie, and left them eating dust.
“He came with momentum and once he got the gap, then he was gone,” admitted the USA’s Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma).
“I was in about 10th position in the group and it was impossible for me to follow Pogačar, he was just so strong,” said Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who finished second overall.
Wiggins also had a front row seat when Pogačar attacked, thanks to being on a commentary motorbike in the race for Eurosport/GCN . He saw the Slovenian surge away and watched as he powered solo to the finish at 50 kmh.
“He is f*cking incredible,” Wiggins said in usual blunt but affectionate style when Cyclingnews asked about Pogačar’s performance.“He went with a quarter of […]