The dust from the epic victory at Strade Bianche has not settled down yet when Tadej is already focused on a new challenge. The reigning Tirreno-Adriatico winner is once again considered the first favorite of the race. This comes as no surprise as Pogačar started a new season in a dominant fashion.
Less than 48 hours after the epic victory with a 50km solo escape on the white roads of Tuscany, Tadej was already facing a new challenge - a 13.9km long time trial. The winner of Neptune's Trident quickly turned down all doubts about the possible consequences of fatigue due to his recent success in Tuscany. Pogačar did a great job with his first challenge at Tirreno-Adriatico. In the flat time trial, he finished behind the world champion in time trial: Filippo Ganna, and Remco Evenepoel (+0: 11), taking a podium with 3rd place (+0: 18).
Stage 2 expectedly ended with the bunch sprint. Tadej did a great job as he crossed the finished line safely after gaining something small in the general classification. Tadej managed to grab a bonus second for third place at the intermediate sprint, located at the top of a hill. He consequently reduced the gap in the general classification (+0:17).
Pogačar: “You never know, but maybe a second decides the general classification.”
Stage 3 was also decided with the bunch sprint to the line, while Tadej once again reduced the gap in the overall standings. With the help of his team, Pogačar won the intermediate sprint 28 km before the finish line and thus gained another 3 seconds in the general classification (+0: 14).
Stage 4 offered a number of categorized climbs and the uphill finish. The Stage prepared for the first real battle of GC candidates was by no means disappointing. We have witnessed a number of attacks on the final ascent, and the vast majority were neutralized by Tadej Pogačar himself. About 500m before the finish line, Tadej kicked clear with a tremendous attack. None of his rivals managed to follow his attack, so Pogačar calmly crossed the line two seconds clear of the rest. The Slovenian youngster, who is absolutely brilliant this season, also took the lead of the race in Youth and Points classifications.
Pogačar: “After a hard effort from the team, we pulled all day and I was thinking if I don't give it a go, it will be a bad day for us. So we did everything right and in the end, it was a good day for the victory.”
There are three more stages remaining, but according to the dominance displayed by Tadej Pogačar so far, his rivals will have a tough job trying to cross the plans of the Slovenian ace and his UAE Team Emirates.