Two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) has decided to join his fellow road cycling stars by indulging in cyclo-cross, and will compete in a Slovenian Cup cyclo-cross race in Ljubljana , the capital of Slovenia, on Sunday.
Pogacar is no stranger to the discipline, having been Slovenian national cyclo-cross champion in 2018. But since then he has focused on a hugely successful road career, winning his first Grand Tour podium at La Vuelta a España in 2019 at the age of 21, then champion of the Tour de France the following two seasons.
While Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and now Tom Pidcock have successfully combined cross and road, other top pros like Gorka and Ion Izagirre like to take part in some local off-season cross-country races for the pleasure.
While most riders will enjoy watching the first big battle between Van der Poel, Van Aert and Pidcock at the World Cup in Dendermonde, the Pogacar race is more low-key and supports the cycling club Rog, where he helped to create youth development. team, and put its fame behind the push to create a cycling center near where the race will take place on the grounds of the Stožice racecourse, according to Sio1.net.
According to Sporza.be, during his visit to the Colnago headquarters, Pogacar asked for a “cross bike” to be built for him.
He will be accompanied by Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange) who is also a former national cyclo-cross champion.
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