Pogacar fought himself

The Slovenian, who finished third in the Basque Country, stressed that the Arrate stage, in which he was a pursuer, was one of the hardest of his career.


Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), third overall in Itzulia 2021, said at the end of the Basque race that the sixth and last stage, ending in Arrate, was one of the hardest of his career. "It was one of the most demanding stages both mentally and physically that I have done in my career," said the Slovenian winner of the 2020 Tour about a stage in which he had to always work behind the rest of the favorites since his team, which had Brandon McNulty leading, he was cut to 60 kms. from meta.

Landa, Valverde ... they were all after a Pogacar that he threw at all times without asking for help. At a key moment in the first climb to Arrate by Krabelin, the Slovenian saw his teammate McNulty, who was leading the way, get off the hook. By this time, Pogacar and Roglic's group was barely twenty seconds away. The reigning Tour winner waited slightly for his teammate ... and was never this close to linking up with the heads. Despite the fact that the final climb cut differences and finished on the podium, third. "It was a real fight against myself," he said.

In this way, Pogacar completes his third stage race of the season. He won the Tour of the Arab Emirates, with a stage included in the queen day. In Tirreno-Adriatico he also achieved victory and another stage, also on the most demanding day in the mountains. Now, in Itzulia, he adds a new podium and another partial. His other race this season was the Strade Bianche, finishing seventh in the Italian classic. He also revealed that his next objectives will be "the classics of The Ardennes, Flecha Walloon and Liège", where the UAE will have "a strong team". "And then, if they let me, rest" .

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