'The big goal is the Tour and the Worlds' – Tadej Pogačar rules out Grand Tour treble attempt

Tadej Pogacar ahead of stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia
Tadej Pogacar ahead of stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Since turning professional in 2019, Tadej Pogačar has been collecting wins at a rate of one in every four race days. Just as Britain's Royal Family must think the outside world smells of fresh paint, Pogačar would be forgiven for assuming bike races generally end with a bouquet of flowers and a trip to the podium.

On the Passo del Brocon on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia, Pogačar had to settle for second place behind escapee Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost), but he still underlined his supremacy by putting another twenty seconds into the rest with a late acceleration. The day, of course, concluded with a fresh maglia rosa atop the podium.

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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.