A defeated peloton reacts to Tadej Pogačar's latest exhibition: 'No-one can compete with him. I have never seen anything like this'

Rivals and former teammates of the Slovenian champion describe how bike racing is now a race for second

Tadej Pogacar
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There are two sides to Tadej Pogačar’s utter domination in both one day and stage races this spring.

On one hand, there is total admiration for the way in which the Slovenian is not just winning races but annihilating them. Whether it’s his 80km escape at Strade Bianche or his complete supremacy at the Volta a Catalunya, it is a sequence of back-to-back historic, where-were-you moments.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.


Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.


He lives in Valencia, Spain.