Seven bold predictions for the 2022 racing season

Kicking off with the suggestion that Tadej Pogačar might defy all expectation and actually NOT win the Tour...

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Could someone else hold the yellow jersey in Paris?
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Pogačar NOT to win the Tour de France

The way Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the 2021 Tour with such ease, as well as pretty much every other race he went for, does at first glance make him appear a sure bet to defend the yellow jersey. But before you rush out to place your mortgage on him, there are a few things to consider that make his status as hot favourite not quite so secure. 

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.