Tadej Pogacar: I would love to win Strade Bianche

SIENA ITALY MARCH 06 Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the Eroica 15th Strade Bianche 2021 Mens Elite a 184km race from Siena to Siena Piazza del Campo Gravel Strokes Breakaway Dust StradeBianche on March 06 2021 in Siena Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Tadej Pogacar made the winning breakaway in Strade Bianche 2021 but finished seventh (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) is better known for his two victories in the Tour de France than for his abilities in the Spring Classics, but he is heading into Saturday's Strade Bianche with one thing on his mind: victory.

The 23-year-old has missed the podium in his three previous attempts. Last year Pogacar made the winning breakaway but lost contact when Van der Poel attacked on the brutal gravel climb of Le Tolfe with 13km to go and finished seventh. He was 13th in 2020, and a distant 30th in his debut in 2019. 

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.