‘I need to finish with high morale then chill out’ – Tadej Pogačar’s thoughts turning towards Giro-Tour double

Picture by Zac Williams/SWpix.com - 19/05/2024 - Cycling - 2024 Giro d'Italia, Stage 15 - Manerba del Garda - Livingo (Mottolino) - Italy - Tadej Pogacar, UAE Team Emirates.
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Zac Williams/SWpix.com)

After 15 stages of the Giro d’Italia, Tadej Pogačar’s lead stands at 6:41. Seventy years have passed since a maglia rosa reached the same point in the race with a bigger advantage, but the circumstances of Carlo Clerici’s hold on the lead could scarcely have been more different.

The 1954 Giro has gone down in lore for the fuga bidone – the soft break – on the road to L’Aquila in the opening week that allowed Clerici to open up what became an insurmountable lead. After stage 15, Clerici led by 14:18, and aided by Swiss teammate Hugo Koblet, the strongest man in the race, he carried pink to Milan a week later.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.