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Evenepoel and Alaphilippe join forces to take on Pogacar at Tirreno-Adriatico

Evenepoel and Alaphilippe join forces to take on Pogacar at Tirreno-Adriatico

Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel promised to join forces to try to take on Tadej Pogačar at Tirreno-Adriatico , hoping the strength in depth of…

Monday, Mar 07

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Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel promised to join forces to try to take on Tadej Pogačar at Tirreno-Adriatico , hoping the strength in depth of the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl team can somehow equal the young Slovenian’s incredible spring form.

"We all know who the guy is to beat this week," Evenepoel said of Pogačar on Sunday afternoon, fully aware of how he had dominated Strade Bianche and earned even more admiration from the likes of Eddy Merckx.

"If you see him riding the races he did, he looks quite unbeatable," Evenepoel added before subsequently adding a caveat and refusing to play down his own chances.

"Last year at the Tour of Flanders, everyone thought [Mathieu] Van der Poel would win. We always have to believe in ourselves, even if there is one guy better than all the others," Evenepoel said.

"It’s actually an honour to race with such a big talent and rider, it’s nice to tell the grandkids someday who you raced with. It’s only a pleasure, but sometimes it’s a lot of pain as well."

Cycling destiny and career paths mean Pogačar and Evenepoel have never raced against each other in a stage race. In 2021, Evenepoel rode the Giro d’Italia and Pogačar won a second Tour de France.

Their first showdown makes for an interesting duel and will no doubt be the battle of the seven-day Italian race. This season Evenepoel dominated the Volta ao Algarve, while Pogačar won the UAE Tour before his Strade Bianche solo victory."This race is a bigger challenge than […]

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