Tadej Pogacar opts out of Vuelta a Espana

UAE Team Emirates teams Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar wearing the best young riders white jersey awaits the start of the 13th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 1926 km between Le Bourg dOisans in the French Alps and SaintEtienne in central France on July 15 2022 Photo by Thomas SAMSON AFP Photo by THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images
(Image credit: THOMAS SAMSON AFP via Getty Images)

Tadej Pogačar and his UAE Team Emirates squad have put an end to questions about the Slovenian riding the Vuelta a España, confirming that he will not ride a second Grand Tour in 2022 but instead focus on a series of one-day Classics and the World Championships in Australia.  

The Vuelta a España had been pencilled in Pogačar's  race programme this year by the UAE Team Emirates team management, with sports director Joxean Fernández Matxin saying prior to the Tour 'if all goes well, he'll be there.' 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.