How Tadej Pogačar won Tour de France switching between disc and rim brakes: 'It's all about the weight'

The Slovenian alternates between braking technologies depending on the weight, rather than the weather

Tadej Pogacar
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Tadej Pogačar has revealed that he switches between disc brakes and rim brakes for races, depending on the weight of his bike, rather than the weather conditions.

This season the Slovenian has regularly alternated between the two technologies, opting for both at different times with a seamless transition. The 23-year-old preferred using disc brakes for the final flat stages of his Tour de France victory, but also utilised a rim brake bike to win the mountain-top Pyrenean stage to Saint-Lary-Soulan in the dry. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.