Two-time Tour winner Tadej Pogacar wary of ride...

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Tadej Pogacar is already very excited to ride the Tour de France next year. The 23-year-old Slovenian, winner of the last two editions of the Tour, sees a challenging course including a cobblestone stage, two time trials and five uphill finishes. “I really like those uphill finishes that are in it this time.”

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“I’m looking forward to next year’s race, this course has it all,” said the Team Emirates climber. “It will be fun. I don’t know what the key stage is. There are many stages in which you can lose the Tour and also stages in which you can win the Tour. It is a very nice course, interesting from the first to the last ride. The cobblestones? I don’t think anything special about that. You just have to be ready and hope to avoid bad luck. You can lose the Tour there. The exploration of that ride will be very important.”

When a reporter said that the two time trials and the five uphill finishes play into the hands of the two-time Tour winner, Pogacar had to grin. “That suits me. I really like those uphill finishes that are in it this time. And those time trials? The first is completely flat, the second is quite long and difficult. It’s at the end of three weeks and you never know what could happen next. You can then completely sink through it because you have bad legs. I will have to train for the time trial, those uphill finishes and that cobblestone stage. It’s a really tough course.”

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Everyone sees Tadej Pogacar as the man to beat, ready for his third Tour victory, but the Slovenian will not be fooled. “I’ve already won the Tour twice, so it’s no big deal if I don’t win it next year. But I put a lot of pressure on myself. It is possible that I will win again, but the road is still long and a lot can still happen. I think it’s especially important now to enjoy this quiet period.”

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