Tadej Pogačar shows his Tour de France form on the steep slopes of San Luca - 'Confirmation that I'm strong'

Tadej Pogacar on the attack on the San Luca climb on stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France
Tadej Pogacar on the attack on the San Luca climb on stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Every autumn, the steep slopes leading up to the Santuario Madonna di San Luca play host to the strongest climbers in the world, with the likes of Primož Roglič, Enric Mas, and Aleksandr Vlasov having scored wins at the Giro dell'Emilia on the hill overlooking Bologna.

On Sunday, the 2km climb – christened the Côte de San Luca by Tour de France organisers ASO – was in the Grand Tour limelight for the first time since the 1984 Giro d'Italia as its French counterpart came to town.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.