'I don’t know': Not even Tadej Pogačar could explain his incredible Strade Bianche attack

The Slovenian was so dominant on Saturday that everything seems hyperbolic

Tadej Pogačar
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81km to go. 81km to go. Not an attack with 50km to go, as he did in 2022, but 81km to go. That’s how far Tadej Pogačar attacked from to win Strade Bianche on Saturday, an almost unbelievable distance to attack from. Two hours of riding alone, in one of the toughest professional bike races, to take the win. In his first race of 2024, to boot. This isn’t how cycling is supposed to happen, surely, it is not meant to look this easy for one rider.

One reads about rides like Bernard Hinault's at a snowy Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 1980, or Eddy Merckx's repeated long-distance attacks, like at the Tour of Flanders in 1969, and it feels too good to be true, but history was made in Tuscany in 2024. Just like Chris Froome's escape to win the 2018 Giro d'Italia, Pogačar's ride will be remembered.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.