Tadej Pogačar, along with Marc Hirschi from the UAE team, is already on the starting list of the Race for Lombardy, the last cycling monument of the season, at which Pogačar will be chasing his third consecutive victory on October 7 in the jersey of the Slovenian national champion.
“That’s a big goal for the end of the season. Pogačar has a chance to win for the third time in a row. It will be difficult, but that is the goal. It will be difficult for everyone,” he told TV Slovenija Joxean Matxin FernandezSports Director of Team UAE.
Pogačar will also compete in the Race for Emilia (September 30) and the Race of the Three Valleys of Varese (October 3). In this season, he will thus collect 48 racing days.
Roglič: There is no guarantee in one-day racesPrimož Roglič, who finished the Vuelta in third place on Sunday, will also take part in the Lombardy Race. In order to prepare, the eagle from Zasava will also take part in the extremely popular Tour of Emilia, which ends with the climb to San Luca above Bologna, which will also be part of the opening stage of the Tour of France 2024 next year.
At 33 years old, his body is not giving up, even though his rivals are getting stronger. “There is no boredom, because there are a lot of young people. They drive us forward. This season was the best in my career. Like wine, the older the better.”
“There are now no more three-week races this season, with only one-day races remaining. There are no guarantees in one-day races. This year I only drove multi-stage races and mainly three-week races,” thought Roglič at the finish line of the Vuelta in Madrid, who was looking forward to two stage victories. He shone on the royal stage on the steep climb on Angliro.
For the first time this year, the best Slovenian cyclists will face each other, and of course there will be many other outstanding cyclists at the start, including Remco Evenepoel.