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Tadej Pogačar on 2023 ambition: “My goal is to win back the Tour de France”

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Tadej Pogačar will not easily give up the yellow jersey he made his own.

Pogacar confirmed to Gazzetta dello Sport this week that the quest for a third Tour de France title will be at the center of a 2023 calendar packed with ambitions from the monuments of spring to the worlds of August.

“After second place this year, my goal is to win the Tour back,” Pogacar told the Italian outlet.

Pogacar set out to avenge his dramatic Tour de France loss as soon as the peloton arrived in Paris this July. The recently revealed rides by 2023”Great bouclé” it made the Slovene purr with satisfaction and fanned his fire even more.

The United Arab Emirates captain reconfirmed on Tuesday Gazzetta that the Tour is his three-week priority and that a debut in the Giro d’Italia will have to wait.

“I don’t know when I will be able to compete for the pink jersey,” he said. “It’s a race that I love, it fascinates me. But circumstances have made the Tour de France my priority.”

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Pogacar was knocked out of the yellow jersey by Jonas Vingegaard in brutal fashion this summer.

The Slovenian’s second place in the race he won the last two times made a chop in a near-perfect season that saw 16 wins over eight months.

“I would be happy to reach a performance similar to my last seasons, when I managed to win big races,” Pogacar said. “Of course, the goal is to try again on the Tour, but it won’t be easy.”

A second taste of the Tour of Flanders

Pogacar lit up his rookie career in Flanders in 2022. (Photo: Tim DeWaele/Getty Images)

Pogacar has rewritten the definition of a modern grand tour challenger with his comprehensive approach to the schedule.

The 24-year-old once again traversed a series of monuments and one-day races this year, taking a big solo win at Strade Bianche and a second successive win at Il Lombardia.

Perhaps the most overlooked storyline in the Slovenian superstar’s glittering season is the one that is also the most noteworthy.

Pogacar shone on his Tour of Flanders debut in a great battle with Mathieu van der Poel over cobblestones and up hills. round this April. And now that the baby-faced Pogacar has taken a liking to the beer-spattered icebergs from Flanders, he wants a little more.

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The return to the cobblestone monument is one of many one-day priorities in the upcoming Pogačar calendar.

“There is a desire to make up for my fourth place this year in the Tour of Flanders,” he said.

“San Remo is another because I still haven’t managed to win it. And then there are the world championships, it’s a race that I miss a lot and in 2023 it will be a nice challenge, with the news that the rainbow jersey is at stake in summer”.

The worlds of 2023 will be touted as the “megaworlds”, with 13 disciplines on display between August 3-13 in Glasgow, marking a return to traditional worlds slots after almost two decades at the end of September u october.

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