Pogacar-Roglic, a duel in stages

They are the two best current stage runners. With Bernal's permission, I insist. And the shocking outcome of the 2020 Tour invites a reissue of the fight.

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Tadej Pogacar raised the trident in the Tirreno-Adriatico. As planned. The Slovenian thus conquers his second round of the World Tour in 2021, after the opening of the Emirates. Two fingers. His compatriot Primoz Roglic would have also been crowned two days earlier in Paris-Nice if the falls and breakdowns had not been cruel to his figure. The Italian and French races, which are held in parallel, have shown this duel from a distance, the same fight that took place in the last Tour de France. You have to get used to it. If the resurgence of Egan Bernal and the general potential of Ineos do not prevent it, and they are working to prevent it, this Pogacar-Roglic is going to become the stellar fight of stage races, always with Paris as the final goal. The jackpot. So far they have done it remotely. And they will do it face to face in the Tour of the Basque Country, from April 5 to 10, if Roglic's injuries do not delay the pulse. They are the two best current stage runners. With Bernal's permission, I insist. And the shocking outcome of the 2020 Tour invites a reissue of the combat.

The Pogacar-Roglic is the rivalry for the laps, but there are other electrifying duels in the peloton, especially this Van der Poel-Van Aert that has been going on since its inception. We have seen it in cyclo-cross, in the classics ... And it always leaves us wanting more. In the recent Tirreno, each of them has won in two stages. Here we have seen an essential difference between the two, which was already announced on the last Tour. Van Aert, winner of the time trial and second overall, is better in stage races. Van der Poel, perhaps, is a point above in the classics. Just remember the recent Strade Bianche. On Saturday they will compete in Milan-San Remo. The rainbow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe, also active and award-winning at the start of the season, will not go far either. Keep the show going.



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