Dazzling on Paris-Nice as since the start of the season, Tadej Pogacar will naturally be one of the huge favorites on Saturday during Milan-San Remo. On roads that the Slovenian knows very well…
Coming out of a Paris-Nice which saw him crush the competition, the winner of the last Grande Boucle Jonas Vingegaard understood, as he had already flown over the Tour of Andalusia for his first stage race of the year, Tadej Pogacar (24) will naturally start Milan-San Remo on Saturday with the huge favorite sign on his back. However, if all the specialists already imagine the Slovenian crossing the finish line again as the winner on Saturday on “La Primavera”, especially in the absence of Tom Pidcock, the hero of the Strade Bianche at the beginning of the month, the interested party does not see things the same way.
Moreover, during the last edition, the double winner of the Tour de France, ideally placed for the final victory and already very fit at the time, had to settle for 5th place for his second participation in the first Monument of the season, failing to follow his compatriot Matej Mohoric in the last descent. In addition, the leader of the UAE Emirates team is particularly wary of this meeting which has never been successful for him for the moment.
On Pogacar’s training routes
On his team’s website, “Pogi” does not hide his apprehension, he who does not seem to be afraid of anything. “It is certainly one of the most difficult races to win”admits the Slovenian, who has however thought a lot about the question, without having the answer. “I imagined many scenarios in my head of how the race can go. But it’s unpredictable (…) We have a solid team and we ride well together, so I think we may have a few different options in the final. »
Pogacar, already irresistible, will try to continue his impressive harvest (9 victories in 14 days of racing) on Saturday on the famous Via Roma and in a region he knows by heart. “I know the roads quite well, I don’t live very far away and sometimes in training I can go to the Poggio and ride it. » And this time, it could make the difference.