Pogačar favours alternative road to Tour de France defence

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2021 - 107th Edition - Liege - Liege 259,1 km - 25/04/2021 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021
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Tadej Pogačar could imitate fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglič and opt for a long spell away from racing and a low-key build-up to the Tour de France, only riding the Tour of Slovenia and the Slovenian national championships on home roads in mid-June rather than taking the traditional route of riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. 

Roglič will not race before the Tour de France, spending three weeks at altitude in Sierra Nevada and then further time pre-Tour in Tignes in the French Alps. Altitude training is considered vital to Grand Tour success, with more and more coaches and  riders preferring the controlled environment of training camps to the unpredictability of racing. 

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