Tadej Pogacar’s cycling abilities at times look like superpowers Luca Bettini AFP/File Milan (AFP) – Tadej Pogacar is again the man to beat as the peloton rolls towards Milan-San Remo wondering whether anyone can topple the crown prince of cycling.
The first ‘Monument’ race of the season provides a typically ravishing backdrop on the Italian Riviera on which the double Tour de France champion is expected to again show why he is the most complete rider in the sport.
Capable of winning on almost all terrain, the 23-year-old has already collected three major victories this season, with two of those coming in Italy.
Milan-San Remo is known as the sprinters classic but Pogacar’s incredible triumph at the Strade Bianche highlighted how he could cut them out before the race comes to the end of its 293 kilometres.
Pushing out with over 50 kilometres to go in Tuscany, Pogacar held off a strong field which included world champion Julian Alaphilippe, and followed that up last weekend by winning Tirreno-Adriatico while bagging two stages in the process.
The way he took the crucial sixth stage on Saturday led to observers wondering whether he was unbeatable in his current form, an idea which was batted aside in typically understated manner by Pogacar.
"I never think I’m unbeatable, even when I’m first. I always think someone can come back, pick me up and attack. I’m always careful. I never underestimate anyone," he said.Pogacar’s ability to seemingly re-write the rules of cycling mean this year’s Milan-San Remo could be the […]