He didn’t win, but it’s just like. Tadej Pogacar entertained his many supporters on the opening stage of the Tour of Slovenia. While taking a good option on the final victory. The outgoing double winner of the Tour de France was the artificer of this opening day of his national tour. He attacked more than 100 kilometers from the finish, climbing a second category pass.
He isolated himself in the lead with his teammate Rafal Majka and the Slovenian Domen Novak. Surprised, Matej Mohoric came out against without managing to make the connection. In the final, the duo of the UAE Emirates formation took turns attacking the runner from Bahrain-Victorious. With a first banderilla from Pogacar, impeccably relayed by Majka, who went out alone to win his first victory of the season.
“We were in an ideal situation”says Pogacar, who logically protected his teammate in the last kilometers. “But it was quite difficult. It was really very hot and this stage was difficult. The Bahrain team printed a high tempo in a climb and that made the race explode. We were then three in front and we collaborated well to stay ahead. At the end, we were really at the limit, because it was suffocating with these high temperatures. The engines were overheating!”
VSThis weather is not the one he prefers, even if he was delighted to be able to acclimatize his body to the heat in view of the temperatures expected in July on the French roads. “I’m very happy with my teammate’s victory, it’s really a very good start to this Tour of Slovenia.”
Which he won last year. A less difficult stage is expected this Thursday.