Tadej Pogačar takes Col de la Madone KoM, calls it 'Baiting Richie Porte...'

Could the Slovenian be throwing out a marker ahead of the upcoming Glasgow World Championships?

Tadej Pogačar on stage 17 of the 2023 Tour de France
(Image credit: Marco Bertorello / Getty)

Fancy a return trip to Europe, Richie Porte? That was the gauntlet thrown down by Tadej Pogačar as the Slovenian wunderkind replaced Porte's Col de la Madone Strava KoM with one of his own.

On what was a 105km training ride at the weekend, double Tour de France winner Pogačar – who came second in the race last month behind Jonas Vingegaard, winning the white jersey classification – took 30 seconds off Aussie Porte's 2016 mark with a time of 23.53. He titled the ride 'Baiting @richieporte to come back in europe'.

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