Doomed to succeed? Why Tadej Pogačar’s Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double is no done deal

Picture by Zac Williams/ - 05/05/2024 - Cycling - 107th Giro d’Italia 2024 - Stage 2 - San Francesco al Campo - Santuario di Oropa ( Biella ) - Tadej Pogacar, UAE Team Emirates and the Trofeo Senza Fine.
(Image credit: Zac Williams/

“Have you ever seen anything like this?” cycling great-turned-pundit Sean Kelly was asked during a broadcast of the Giro d’Italia this May, as Tadej Pogačar turned in yet another devastating mountain performance en route to the biggest time gap between winner and runner-up in the Giro in nearly 60 years.

Kelly, never a man to use several words where one is enough, answered simply: “No.”

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.