Less dominant than expected during the classics campaign, Tadej Pogacar will not have won a race during the Tour de France, according to Cyril Guimard.
Irresistible this winter, Tadej Pogacar will have been much less successful once spring has come. Winner of the Tour of the Emirates, the Strade Bianche and the Tirreno-Adriatico to start his season, the Slovenian then chained places of honor in the classics, which he had made one of his objectives for this first half of the season. , determined to add a few Monuments to his list.
Fifth in Milan-San Remo, the Team Emirates rider then finished just off the podium during the Tour of Flanders, which he discovered, then stuck in the Mur de Huy during the Flèche Wallonne, having to settle for eleventh. place. Finally, touched by a family tragedy, he could not defend his chances during Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which he had won last year.
Evenepoel capable of dethroning him?
Tadej Pogacar is therefore not untouchable and it could be the same in July during the Tour de France, where the Slovenian prodigy will be looking for a third success in a row. This is at least the opinion of Cyril Guimard. “I’m not so sure about that”, he thus replied to Cyclism’actu when he was asked if Tadej Pogacar was going to win a third Tour de France. But according to the former sports director of Bernard Hinault or Laurent Fignon, more than Primoz Roglic, Egan Bernal or Jonas Vingegaard, his main opponent on the Tour could be Remco Evenepoel, impressive winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “If he continues in this trajectory, Remco difficulty Evenepoel can put in Tadej Pogacar”he justified.
It would still be necessary for the Belgian rider to contest the Tour de France rather than the Vuelta as planned. “But will he do the Tour? There are now question marks. Will Julian Alaphilippe be able to start the Tour de France? »named the former French champion, adding: “It will be difficult if Julian is not at the start that Remco Evenpoel is not. »
“If he continues in this trajectory, Remco Difficulty Evenepoel can put in Tadej Pogacar. But will he make the Tour? There are now question marks. Will Julian Alaphilippe be able to start the Tour de France? We do not yet have the answer even if we wish. This could change his team’s goals. » If Remco Evenepoel decides to take part in the Tour de France, “We will expect him to tickle Pogaçar and the other favourites. He will also surely have his say.he added.
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