Plus, highlights & takeaways from the Tour of Oman and what races to keep an eye on in the coming days
As the early-season racing washes over us via the seemingly-endless series of one-day and blunted stage races, there is plenty of action, but the valuable and lasting takeaways have to be foraged like truffles from a Provençal forest (Parts 1 & 2).
– This article is an excerpt from the Beyond the Peloton newsletter. Sign up here for full access. – Tadej Pogačar came through the Jaén dust for his first win of 2023 For starters, Tadej Pogačar emerging from the off-season to destroy a strong field at the road/gravel hybrid Jaén Paraiso one-day race in Spain is no doubt a sign that the Slovenian is sick of hearing about the brilliance of Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel and is ready to reclaim his throne as the best rider in the world in 2023.
A little further down the list, nuggets like Mark Cavendish and his Astana leadout imploding in the final few hundred meters of stage 1 at the Tour of Oman, and young American Matteo Jorgenson winning on the extremely difficult stage 3, with relative ease, are potentially valuable road signs telling us what to expect in the months ahead.
Check out the breakdowns and key takeaways from each of these events below: First win to Pogačar Jaén Paraiso Interior
43.8km: Pogačar is already testing the lead group by setting an extremely hard pace […]
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