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Tadej Pogačar time trials at the Giro d'Italia. He's in an efficient aero tuck as the landscape blurs around him.

Giro stage 7 report: Pogačar unbeatable in first TT test

The overall leader underlined his superlative form with a perfectly paced ride.

Joe Lindsey
by Joe Lindsey 10.05.2024 Photography by
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Overall race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) stamped his dominance on the Giro d’Italia Friday with a convincing win in the first individual time trial. Pogačar mastered the 40.6 km ride from Foligno to Perugia, limiting his losses to pure time triallists on the flat section and then posting by far the fastest time in the uphill section between the T2 intermediate timing split and the finish.

Ineos Grenadiers’ TT specialist Filippo Ganna laid down the early marker for a fast time and then had an interminable wait in the hot seat, which ended only with Pogačar’s ride. Ineos overall had a mixed day: its riders placed 2nd through 4th, but GC hopeful Geraint Thomas lost 1:43 on the day with a 10th-placed finish.

Uphill onslaught

Brief analysis

Tadej Pogačar rides the climb to Perugia in stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia. He's alone on his TT bike in his now-allowed pink-and-purple skinsuit, followed by a TV moto as fans lean in to cheer.
Pogačar’s climbing performance in the final 5.6 km pulled back more than a minute on second-placed Ganna and also put time into substantially every challenger.

Quote of the day

I knew that climb suits me better than Filippo for sure. So that was my advantage there on the climb because it was quite steep, but I think the next time trial will be a little bit different probably.

-Pogačar, managing expectations for the flat stage 14 time trial next week

Near miss of the week

The choice of Antonio Tiberi to headline the CPA’s recent rider-safety video was questionable, but the need for the message itself is certainly not, as this clip of a clueless fan smacking Ganna shows.

Up next

Saturday’s stage 8 is a classic mountain stage. The 152 km route from Spoleto to Prati di Tivo has just three officially categorized climbs, but the whole day is up and down. It starts with an uncategorized 7.3 km ascent at 4.1% average – the perfect launching pad for an early break – followed by a Cat 2, 16.4 km grinder at 5.6% and then more undulations before the Cat 1 finish at Prati di Tivo. There are over 3,600 meters of elevation gain on the route: a long day for the sprinters and others with a seat in the grupetto, and a day when climbers will have to be aggressive if they are to have any hope of chipping into Pogačar’s lead.

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