Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates ) may have been dubbed the next ‘Cannibal’ but even the 22-year-old double Tour de France champion is able to control his cannibal instincts and use his head as well as his legs to win stage 4 at Tirreno-Adriatico .
When rival Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) dragged a move away with teammate Julian Alaphilippe and Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the first climb up the the finish with 40km to go, of course Pogačar joined in.
Yet unlike on Wednesday, when he forced a late attack that was eventually swept up, this time Pogačar opted to race smarter and wait for the final climb to the finish, perhaps knowing he could surge away to win the stage on uphill finish to Bellante, take the ten-second time bonus and so the race lead.
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He did what was needed, nothing more, knowing the hardest stages at Tirreno-Adriatico are still to come on Friday and Saturday.
“You have to use your head, because otherwise you might bonk at any moment if you go too hard. I just tried to have it under control in the last kilometre,” Pogačar explained, insisting he is no Cannibal.
“When there’s no need to win, there’s no need to win. But sometimes, like today, there was no one taking responsibility to pull. Our team rode 200km on the […]