Pray to the weather gods, Philippe Gilbert advises Tadej Pogačar's Giro d'Italia rivals

In reality the Slovenian is all but unbeatable at the upcoming Italian tour, the Belgian former world champ says

Tadej Pogačar on his way to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège
(Image credit: Getty Images / Peter de Voecht)

There is no logical alternative to Tadej Pogačar for the Giro d'Italia GC, says WorldTour pro-turned Eurosport commentator Philippe Gilbert.

As well as being physically supreme, he is tactically astute and his team is stronger than ever, says Gilbert of the Slovenian superstar.

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