Vingegaard-Pogacar, the infinite duel of the Tour de France | Cycling | Sports | EUROtoday

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Only information permits insanity, says Alejandro Valverde, a biking champion and thinker, and of his historical past, and the folks of Visma park their van in entrance of the Duomo with its ethereal and lightweight dome, in Florence, the place the 111th Tour de France begins on Saturday.

Knowledge, says Valverde. And the facility, the management of all of the mechanisms, add the Medici, who finance Brunelleschi to present type and substance, a brick, to his dream, a weightless insanity that has outlined nearly the horizon of the Tuscan capital for 600 years, and likewise The Visma and their financial fortune, which have turned the inside of the van right into a type of cell heart for tv manufacturing, so many screens, management room They name it, by which the staff director receives all doable info in actual time – pictures from tv cameras, climate info, sound from Radio Tour – and from which he sends it to the second administrators who information the automobiles within the platoon in order that they determine what to do as rapidly as doable.

Knowledge, its transmission, energy, insanity within the face of a problem that appears unimaginable, are Visma's weapons for its Jonas Vingegaard to depart Florence with the hope of profitable for the third Tour in a row within the limitless duel with the outstanding Tadej Pogacar, winner in 2020 and 2021, who monopolizes the Big loop This decade. “Just being here is already a victory,” says the Dane who fell within the Itzulia after breaking his ribs and collarbone on April 4 and struggling a lung contusion that saved him hospitalized for 12 days. He has not competed since then. “I am not in a bad way, but I don’t know if it will be possible to win the Tour again. If I hadn’t broken it I would clearly say yes, but in these circumstances, only by taking it day by day will we see how far I can go.”

The insanity of somebody who is aware of how far he can go and nonetheless all the time tries to do one thing else, to set a brand new restrict, detachment, audacity, are additionally the weapons of the Slovenian, who, as they used to say earlier than infants, grows visibly, and continues to develop with out ever shedding the tender complexion of a pre-adolescent with white pimples spots, at the same time as he approaches 26. He assimilates gargantuan feasts, like 21 days of Giro and exhibitions in pink, and doesn’t acquire weight. On the opposite, he transforms every part he ingests, every part he pedals, into new power and never fatigue, and generates variations and overcompensations maybe unprecedented because the instances of Miguel Indurain, who gained two Tours in a row after profitable two Giros a month earlier, 1992 and 1993, and gained a brand new Tour, in 1994, regardless of having been defeated within the Giro. “I feel better than ever,” Pogacar guarantees, with the Brunelleschi dome shining behind him within the distance, and his phrases appear prophetic. And not even the Covid that he suffered, he explains, in the course of the three weeks of coaching at altitude, in Isola 2000, within the Alps subsequent to Nice, altered his progress. His staff, with none hesitation, agree along with his phrases and extra, say the individuals who prepare him, led by the Sevillian from Alcalá de Guadaira Javier Sola, they usually guarantee that his prodigy is on the next stage, that he has not gone loopy coaching in Isola 2000 however that he has assimilated the Giro very nicely, thought-about as an excellent coaching load. And every part confirms that Sola was not exaggerating in December when he described Pogacar as somebody “touched by the magic wand.”

And as if his fantastic physiology had been contagious, and because of the bottomless pit that the UAE's funds appear to be with the emir's purse, all his teammates, and it could be nearly disrespectful to name them gregarious, have achieved the most effective efficiency of their staff this season. life. Adam Yates, already on the rostrum within the final Tour, and João Almeida 10 days in the past turned the Tour of Switzerland, and its proverbial toughness, right into a yours-mine with no higher curiosity than admiring its superiority. And Juan Ayuso, the fourth man, gained the Itzulia and fought till the final day for victory within the Tour de Romandía. With them, and with Tim Wellens and Pavel Sivakov, the comfortable Slovenian will have the ability to set up a prepare from hell on Tuesday within the Galibier till they’re left alone and another remoted survivor, earlier than the coup de grace that the chief will ship.

It is the scary situation.

Something like this occurred within the Giro d'Italia, selected the second day. There is a distinction that brings us nearer to the specified situation. In the pink journeythe UAE was a dream staff surrounded by nothingness; on the Tour ocho It is spectacular, as spectacular is the record of members, a dream lista, by which, as if Noah had made it to permit entry into his ark, nobody is lacking. There is the debutant Remco Evenepoel, on whom so many hopes are positioned, and there may be Primoz Roglic, already separated from Vingegaard's servitude, main Red Bull-Bora. The Belgian, and his lieutenant Mikel Landa, will make noise and pressure the nerves earlier than hitting the excessive mountain, and he’ll accomplish that on the primary day, Saturday itself, the lengthy march in the direction of Rimini, on the Adriatic coast, via the Apennines and San Marino, a route and slopes paying homage to their beloved Ardennes. Roglic shall be a relentless shadow, as will Carlos Rodríguez, who begins with quantity 31, chief of Ineos of the 4 buddies —Thomas, Pidcock, Egan and him— and the bicycle owner who’s closest on the mountain to the Danish-Slovenian couple.

“It’s difficult to set a goal, because it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on the others,” says the ever-restrained Granada native from Almuñécar, fifth and stage winner in 2023 and, in response to Mauro Gianetti, the top of UAE, essentially the most harmful rival alongside Vingegaard. “But I would like to be better than last year, fighting with those ahead.”

Two different Spaniards begin with the quantity ending in one which signifies the leaders of the groups. After two unfinished Tours, and one, that of 2023, crashing in Bilbao, nearly unstarted, Enric Mas, quantity 151, heads the roster of a Movistar tuttifrutti —sprinter like Gaviria, one-day males just like the debutant Oier Lazkano, and consider his development within the mountains Mas already calls him Oier Indurain, and Alex Aranburu, champion of Spain—with aspirations for an excellent place within the normal classification and never giving in to the fatalism that desires to mark the most effective as unattainable. “There are rivals who are outstanding but we cannot go out to the first stage and think that they have already won the Tour. We have to have confidence with the team we carry ourselves,” says the 29-year-old Mallorcan, earlier than his sixth Tour. “We are going to fight to be the team we were again and to be high class again.” At 61, main Bahrain, Pello Bilbao is stability and knowledge. The bicycle owner from Gernika thinks about repeating his efficiency – in '23 he gained a stage and was sixth general – and advocates saying goodbye to a lot focus at altitude that tears the bicycle owner away from his household and his roots, and accelerates the formation of stress and nervousness, and it’s, exactly, one of many pillars of the information revolution that results in insanity.

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