Tadej Pogačar satisfied with strong start at Tour de France despite no time gains

Tadej Pogačar, the Slovenian sensation, is ready for the challenge posed by the San Luca climb. Following his fourth-place finish in Rimini on stage 1, Pogačar will look to solidify his position in the general classification this Sunday.

In a post-stage conversation, Pogačar recognised the difficulty of the upcoming stage 2, noting that it could be a key moment in the race. “San Luca is a tough climb, and it’s going to be a test for everyone,” he said. The climb, known for its steep gradients, will likely see some significant action among the GC contenders.

The stage’s profile suggests a potential shake-up in the standings, making it a day to watch. The San Luca climb often splits the group, leaving riders exposed to attacks. Pogačar’s team will be critical in protecting him and keeping him in contention.

In the opening stage in Rimini, Pogačar showed strong form, finishing just behind the podium. This performance sets a positive tone for his ambitions in the race. His ability to navigate the demanding terrain will be crucial as the race progresses.

Lap after lap, the San Luca climb has been decisive in previous editions, and this year is expected to be no different. Riders will need to be at their best to handle the physical demands and strategic plays that come into play on such a terrain.

Le Telegramme reported that Pogačar’s team is confident in their leader’s capabilities. “We’re ready for the challenge,” said a team spokesperson. This confidence will bolster Pogačar’s efforts as he strives to make his mark on the race.

Main photo credit: ASO – Charly Lopez