Ernesto Colnago: Merckx was unique and only Pogacar can perhaps equal his success

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) switched between disc and rim brakes in 2021
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Ernesto Colnago has suggested only Tadej Pogačar can go on to equal the success of Eddy Merckx saying that the 23-year-old UAE Team Emirates rider has still to discover his limits and ability as a rider despite having won the Tour de France for a second time along with victories at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia in 2021. 

Colnago admitted that he loved Pogačar "like a son” when the Slovenian visited the Colnago headquarters in Cambiago near Milan on Thursday for the Italian bike brand’s traditional Christmas event. Pogačar has won both of his Tours de France on Colnago bikes. UAE Team Emirates will ride Colnago bikes again in 2022 equipped with Campagnolo components. 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.