Winner this Wednesday of La Flèche Wallonne, his twelfth success of the season, Tadej Pogacar praised the performance of his team throughout the day and ensures that he does not yet get tired of raising his arms as the winner.
Tadej Pogacar really intends to leave nothing to anyone. Already winner of the Jaen Classic, the Tour of Andalusia with three stages, Paris-Nice with two stages, the Tour of Flanders and the Amstel Gold Race, the Slovenian added La Flèche Wallonne to his list this Wednesday. And this at the end of a race which he described as “perfect” with a UAE Team Emirates team which “did an incredible job” throughout the 194.3 kilometers of the course while it was watched.
” Everyone in the peloton was looking at me, which still allowed the whole team to work properly, said Tadej Pogacar in comments collected by the official race website. So we followed the plan that was planned. 30 km from the finish, the race became very nervous, but my teammates kept me in front, even though I almost fell at one point. As often, La Flèche Wallonne turned into a hill climb during the last ascent of the Mur de Huy. If he admits that “it was very hard”, the Slovenian claims to have “given everything” on the 1300 meters of ascent of the Chemin des Chapelles.
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“A very special feeling to win so much”
Recalling having failed on these slopes during the 2022 edition, with a twelfth place finish, Tadej Pogacar assured that the difference between this result and the victory obtained this Wednesday “depends on the details”. “You have to keep as much energy as possible for the steepest part of the Wall,” he summed up. It’s the kind of place where a small mistake can cost a lot of money.. Having won his last three races, Tadej Pogacar concedes that “it’s a very special feeling to win so much” but says that ” you never get tired of crossing the line first “, highlighting the fact that” all races have different stories and scenarios, and for example it is something special to beat a group of 70 riders in the final like today.
However, the Slovenian is already focused on his last goal of the spring, which will be a second victory over Liège-Bastogne-Liège, “the most beautiful of the three Ardennes” in his eyes. ” The team is extremely motivated and we will do our best to make it happen., said Tadej Pogacar. It is not a comparable event and it is therefore difficult to make projections. “But, this Sunday, it will be necessary to count on Remco Evenepoel to try to stop the Slovenian.