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Romain Bardet: Tadej Pogačar and Remco Evenepoel are ‘cycling geniuses’

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Tadej Pogačar and Remco Evenepoel are a level above everybody else and there is little to be done but sit tight and ride it out, according to Romain Bardet .

Speaking with Eurosport France , the French rider described the pair as “cycling geniuses” with no direct opponents when they were at their best.

Bardet hardly raced against Evenepoel this year, but he had plenty of chance to see Pogačar race up close and personal at the Tour de France in the summer and at the end of the season in Quebec and Italy.

“They have something extra, they are cycling geniuses. When they are at 100 percent, nobody can compete, they race each other. They don’t care about us, the runners-up,” Bardet told Eurosport France .

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