Slovenian Tadej Pogacar climbed the snow-capped mountain with his bike on his back during the reconnaissance of the 9th stage of the next Tour de France. A bike equipped which gave very nice memories to the runners, with a splendid panorama.
Sometimes you have to do violence to yourself and brave extreme weather conditions, because they may allow you to triumph on the biggest stages of the Tour de France a few months later. The defending champion, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, went to high altitude, in the Alps, this weekend, to (probably) recognize the route of the 9th stage of the next Grande Boucle, between Cluses and Tignes. A high mountain stage that could lead him to the summits on July 4th.
Accompanied by his teammates from Team UAE Emirates, the Slovenian rider left Sallanches and took improbable paths, sinking into the snow with the bike on his back. A funny situation that will make him drop this comment: “It’s the best fucking recognition we have ever done”, can we hear him laughing on Instagram, while he is filmed by one of his teammates, captivated by the breathtaking view that was offered to them in this immaculate white landscape.
The Olympics on the Pogacar program
Tadej Pogacar will run the Tour of Slovenia and the national championships in his country in June, before defending his title in the Tour de France from June 26. Pogacar, who has not raced since his victory at the end of April in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, also has on its program the Tokyo Olympics, whose road race is scheduled for July 24, just six days after arrival in Paris of the Tour de France.
The outgoing winner of the Tour has raced the Tour of Slovenia three times: 5th in 2017, 4th in 2018 and 2019. The event, which was not organized last year, is scheduled from 9 to 13 June. She has been kidnapped twice (2015 and 2018) by Primoz Roglic, the other Slovenian candidate for victory in the Tour de France, who this year has favored training camps for competition before the Big Loop.