Tadej Pogačar on Tour de France ambitions: ‘I do not race for revenge’

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Tadej Pogačar doesn’t see the 2022 Tour de France as a loss, but rather as part of a great journey he embarked on as one of the world’s best cyclists.

Racing to win for the UAE Team Emirates superstar is a game, not some kind of personal revenge round.

Speaking to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo After competing in a critérium event in Madrid over the weekend, Pogačar expressed his racing philosophy.

“I don’t believe in revenge,” said Pogacar. El Mundo. “It’s just a sport, it’s just a game. You don’t need to take revenge on anyone. You play and if you lose, you lose. If you win, you win. I always try to be the best, to be better than everyone else. I’m trying to get better, but it’s not revenge.”

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Although he didn’t win his third yellow jersey in a row, he still finished second overall and won three stages alongside the young driver’s jersey.

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Pogačar is already looking forward to 2023 after another spectacular season with 16 wins in the professional standings. That’s more wins than in any season since entering the professional rankings in 2019.

“It was a great Tour. Being second was a new experience for me. “I don’t accept that it’s a loss,” he said. “I’ve also gained new fans and I believe I can be happy with the way things are going. I get a lot of positive things from him. It was the best way to lose the tour.”

Pogačar said he did not rewrite his plan for the Tour preparation. In fact, he insists that he will continue to do what he is doing.

Pogačar said a return to the spring classics, the Tour and the worlds will be at the center of their goals. He won’t be competing in the Giro d’Italia but left the door open for a return to the Vuelta a España.

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“I learned a lot from the tour. There were some mistakes, there were some things I could have done differently, there were things I could have done better, but nothing was disastrous. Just the little things,” said Pogacar. “There’s good stuff and bad stuff in every race you run. In the end, you put it all together and you go even better prepared for the next race. That’s why I believe that for 2023 I can be very, very confident and motivated to be better than this year.”

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After Madrid, Pogacar went straight to a team camp on Spain’s Costa Blanca. There was a trip to Colombia during the off-season and some weird social media posts that revealed a personal side of her personality.

“It was an off-season unlike any other and I can say that I really relaxed my mind and body. It was a great break from cycling. And now I am more than ready to start my training for next season.”

For Pogacar, the fun is just getting started.

Pogačar has earned more in 2022 since turning pro. (Tim de Waele/Getty Images)


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