What do Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič need from their season debuts this weekend?

Both men start their seasons this weekend – can they look to replicate the success of their big rivals, Evenepoel and Vingegaard?

Tadej Pogacar at 2024 Il Lombardia; Primoz Roglič at 2024 Vuelta a Espana
(Image credit: Getty Images / Sara Cavalli / Tim De Waele)

The road to the Tour de France starts this weekend for Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) as they take on the first races of their respective seasons – Roglič at Paris-Nice on Sunday and his Slovenian compatriot at Strade Bianche the day before.

Their two other obvious Tour de France rivals – Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) and Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) have already started their campaigns, and in the most promising way at that. Evenepoel won overall at the Volta ao Algarve, collecting a stage along the way, while Roglič's former team-mate Vingegaard took an even more emphatic victory at O Gran Camiño in Spain, with a clean sweep of the overall, mountains and points classifications, plus three stage wins.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.