Itzulia - Tadej Pogacar: I'm pretty optimistic because the condition is good
Apr 08 2021 06:11 am CET

Itzulia - Tadej Pogacar: I'm pretty optimistic because the condition is good
Itzulia - Tadej Pogacar: I'm pretty optimistic because the condition is good
Photo of Tadej Pogacar (c)UAE Team Emirates/Fizza

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar has taken the victory of the third stage at Itzulia Basque Country and reduced the GC gap with Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) some more seconds.

The two Slovenians were once again the stars of a race with a battle that lasted until the last moment. The duo attacked during the last descent of the day and managed to distance the rest of the favourites' group.

On the last climb of the day, both showed their talents and the strong legs they have in the race and the winner of the 2020 Tour de France crossed the finish line just ahead of his fellow countryman, taking back four more seconds on GC. The victory put him in the second overall position, 20 seconds behind Roglic.

"In the morning we had gone by car to see the finish and the team manager [Joxean Fernandez] Matxin had explained the route to me well, so I was aware of the toughness of the climb and I knew that it would be crucial to be in first position on the final crest to launch well into the final meters downhill towards the finish.

"This success makes me very happy because, after racing here in the Basque Country two years ago, I have always had the ambition to come back and do well. It is a very beautiful race and the enthusiasm of the fans is really amazing. There are still three days of racing, all quite hard. I'm pretty optimistic because the condition is good and the team is racing very well together."
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TADEJ POGAČAR
UAE TEAM EMIRATES





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