As the two spring stage races, Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, come to their climax, Spencer Martin gives us his 'Eleven Takeaways' looking forward to the coming races.
Domination is a well used word when it comes to cycling, but Tadej Pogačar dominated the 2022 Strade Bianche with a 50 kilometre solo to Siena. After a strong, but too late chase, Alejandro Valverde took second and Kasper Asgreen was third.
With the fantastic 2021 WorldTour cycling season behind us, one major question I’m left with, and one that has been asked by many readers - who is the better Grand Tour rider this year between the two Slovenian superstars Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič?
With last Sunday's Ronde van Drenthe, the curtain dropped on the European road season. As with every season there is a pile of statistics and thanks to WielerFlits and ProCyclingStats we can have a look at some of the more interesting numbers.
The curtain has dropped on the 2021 season with Il Lombardia... And it dropped with a loud thud. Tadej Pogačar added to his Tour de France and Liège-Bastogne-Liège wins to put his name up with the top men in cycling history. Spencer Martin breaks down the 'Race of the Falling Leaves' to give us 'Ten Takeaways' for the end of the season.
Double Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogačar (Jumbo-Visma) attacked with more than 30 kilometres to go, local boy, Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), joined him for the two to battle for the win. The chasers had no chance. In the sprint Pogačar had the edge over Masnada. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) was third.
It wasn't to be Mark Cavendish's day as Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) showed again his phenomenal ability on a bike by winning on the Champs Élysées. The day did belong to Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) taking his second Tour de France.
Saturday's time trial went to Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert, taking his second 2021 Tour stage victory after the Mont Ventoux win. His teammate Jonas Vingegaard was second on the stage and held his runner-up place overall. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely to make sure of his overall victory in Paris on Sunday.