Philippa York Analysis: Tadej Pogačar has made his point at the Giro d’Italia, now he can control rather than crush

Picture by Zac Williams/ - 19/05/2024 - Cycling - 2024 Giro d'Italia, Stage 15 - Manerba del Garda - Livingo (Mottolino) - Italy - Tadej Pogacar, UAE Team Emirates.
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Almost seven minutes, and if it had been a more selective week, then it’s quite likely Tadej Pogačar’s lead at the Giro d’Italia would have been more. However, I think that now even he will be satisfied that he can relax a little and watch what happens to those who are left fighting among themselves for the podium places.

That’s not to say he won’t grab another chance of a stage win if it comes along, but it’s most likely he’ll only really commit to another victory if it’s not too costly in terms of energy. He’s made his point that he’s a level above everyone when the road goes uphill, so now he and UAE Team Emirates can control instead of crushing the opposition.

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Philippa York

Philippa York is a long-standing Cyclingnews contributor, providing expert racing analysis. As one of the early British racers to take the plunge and relocate to France with the famed ACBB club in the 1980's, she was the inspiration for a generation of racing cyclists – and cycling fans – from the UK.

The Glaswegian gained a contract with Peugeot in 1980, making her Tour de France debut in 1983 and taking a solo win in Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees, the mountain range which would prove a happy hunting ground throughout her Tour career. 

The following year's race would prove to be one of her finest seasons, becoming the first rider from the UK to win the polka dot jersey at the Tour, whilst also becoming Britain's highest-ever placed GC finisher with 4th spot. 

She finished runner-up at the Vuelta a España in 1985 and 1986, to Pedro Delgado and Álvaro Pino respectively, and at the Giro d'Italia in 1987. Stage race victories include the Volta a Catalunya (1985), Tour of Britain (1989) and Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1990). York retired from professional cycling as reigning British champion following the collapse of Le Groupement in 1995.