‘Tadej likes to improve’ – Giro d’Italia time trials a test site for Pogačar before Tour de France

PERUGIA ITALY MAY 10 Stage winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Pink Leader Jersey reacts after the 107th Giro dItalia 2024 Stage 7 a 406km individual time trial stage from Foligno to Perugia 472m UCIWT on May 10 2024 in Perugia Italy Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) reacts to his victory in the ITT on stage 7 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

On the eve of the Perugia time trial last week, Tadej Pogačar quietly gave up on the pretence that he had banished all thoughts of the Tour de France from his mind until after he had taken care of business at the Giro d’Italia. “It’s also good training for the summer,” Pogačar said absent-mindedly when asked about the time trial route.

Then again, it was hardly a secret why a sizeable portion of UAE Team Emirates’ planning for Pogačar’s Giro-Tour double attempt had been centred on time trialling.

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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.