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Tadej Pogačar

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Stalemate Between Vingegaard and Pogačar in the Heat

Tadej Pogačar again tried to find weakness in Jonas Vingegaard in the first Pyrenean stage, with the Dane responding fairly easily to his accelerations in Tour de France Stage 16. Vingegaard despite having a 2:22 min lead over Pogačar, and Wout van Aert waiting at the top of the Peguere climb, rode stage as passively without testing Pogacar on the steep climb. Vingegaard must take as much time where possible, and this scorching day was potentially another opportunity to have done so.
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The Fastest Time On Alpe d’Huez Since 2006

Chris Froome proved that his strong performance in Mercan'Tour Classic one month before the Tour was not a fluke and finished third from a breakaway on stage 12, beating such strong climbers as Giulio Ciccone and Neilson Powless on Alpe d'Huez. There was a stalemate in the GC battle between Pogacar and Vingegaard whilst Quintana and Gaudu suffered, with Kuss, Pogačar, Vingegaard, Mas and Thomas setting the fastest times on the legendary climb since 2006.
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Teuns Shocks Valverde | La Flèche Wallonne 2022

La Flèche Wallonne is a race that in the modern era of cycling ends always the same. Everything is decided on the extremely steep Mur de Huy (1km, 11.2%), which is perfectly suited for puncheurs like Alejandro Valverde, who has won this race five times. At age 41 Valverde still was one of the main favourites with Movistar teammate Enric Mas providing a leadout for him, but that did not help the Spaniard as he could not challenge Dylan Teuns, who took the surprise win.  
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Van der Poel’s Best Ever Ronde van Vlaanderen | Power Analysis

No one thought at the start of March that Mathieu van der Poel would have made this impressive a come back in Milano-Sanremo and the Tour of Flanders, considering his back problem and missed training kilometres in the winter. However in a perverse way, the enforced rest, during his usual cyclocross schedule, probably made his incredible victory at Flanders possible. The Dutchman was the only one able to stay with Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar on the short Flandrian climbs and then produced his typical 15s power to win the final sprint. Let's look at van der Poel's and other riders' power from the big race.
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Van Der Poel Smashes Pogačar | Ronde van Vlaanderen 2022

Ronde van Vlaanderen 2022 did not disappoint despite the absence of Belgian champion Wout van Aert. Tadej Pogačar is not a regular Tour de France champion, who just targets one big race a year, with the Slovenian showing his punch on the short Belgian cobble climbs, creating multiple splits throughout the day. Only Mathieu van der Poel could hold his wheel in the finale as the race ended with a sprint from a standing position between the Dutchman and Slovenian. As Van der Poel and the Slovene finessed, Maduoas and van Baarle returned from behind, boxing in Pogačar in the last 200 metres, whilst van der Poel opened up a huge sprint to win his second Ronde van Vlaanderen. The frustrated Pogačar only finished 4th as he was surpassed by Dylan van Baarle and Valentin Madouas who took podium honours.
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Top 10 Climbing Performances in 2022 So Far

The 2022 season has been awash with races for almost two months straight, with plenty of high level climbing performances meriting an early Top 10 ranking. In this list only four climbing performances are from World-Tour races and perhaps you might have missed some of the under the radar ones, which came at races like Tour of Oman and Gran Camiño.