Matej Mohorič has downplayed his own downhill skills, saying that others in the professional peloton are better at descending than he is.
The Slovenian, a two-time Tour de France stage winner, took the honors at Milan-Sanremo in the spring with a daredevil descent of the Poggio, famous for using a dropper seatpost more commonly found on a mountain bike. .
when talking to weekly cyclingMohorič downplayed his own brilliance, insisting that other riders were far superior to him when it came to descending.
“No, I’m definitely not the best. I think I’m pretty good, but no, I’m not the best”, she said, “there are others who are better and faster than me”.
Attacking the descent of the famous Poggio climb caught his rivals in Milan-San Remo completely off guard, but after Tom Pidcock’s exploits in the Tour de France in July, the Slovenian singled out the British cyclist as the best descendant of the peloton. .
“Julian Alaphilippe is quite good, some sprinters are very special, then Tom Pidcock of course is quite fast,” Mohorič added.
When asked what attributes add up to a great downhill, the Bahrain rider Victorious explained that the skills required are both psychological and physical.
“I think you’re born with it or not, you have it or you don’t, I guess it’s because of a lack of fear,” he said. “So it’s just practice that makes the difference, especially from a young age and learning from your mistakes.”
Mohorič’s use of a dropper post to lower his center of gravity and help him escape over the Poggio was hailed as genius work, but the Slovenian revealed to weekly cycling it wasn’t his idea.
He said it took a Bahrain Victorious mechanic, Filip Tišma, to convince him to use the seat post.
“The [Tišma] he’s in charge of the research and he’s a committed mountain biker, and he knows that the dropper post has an advantage in mountain biking,” Mohorič recalled. “He was wondering about the advantages on the trail and he came to me and asked about the idea. .
“I didn’t know if it would work or not, but I was happy to try it over the winter.”
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After testing his newly equipped bike through the winter months, Mohorič explained to weekly cycling that the advantages soon became clear to him.
With that considered, Milan-San Remo seemed an obvious choice to give his new weapon its first outing on the road.
“The first time I used it, I saw a great opportunity. I thought it could make a pretty significant difference and be an advantage, but I wasn’t sure exactly how much,” he said. “Milan-San Remo seemed like the perfect place to use that advantage because the race can be decided on that final descent.”
“We had thought about using it before, but then decided to save it for the big one. I love that race and had dreamed of winning it one day, even without a dropper post, so that was something that could help me,” she added.
“We thought we would be the only ones using it that day and it worked.”
Once the descent from the Poggio was over and he was storming into San Remo, disaster was about to strike when Mohorič temporarily let go of his chain.
At that point, TotalEnergies rider Anthony Turgis was on him quickly, but the Slovenian still managed to get the job done.
“Having a plan like this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was in awe, proud and happy for the whole team and everyone around me,” he said.
“More people know you for winning stages in the Tour de France. Although from an athlete’s perspective, it’s probably easier to win two stages on the Tour than it is to win a monument, especially that way.”