Two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar has laid out plans to avenge his disappointment at the 2022 Tour of Flanders next season.
In his race debut this April, the 24-year-old broke free with eventual winner Mathieu van der Poel but got stuck down the stretch and finished fourth in what appeared to be a two-man sprint. Pogacar looked visibly frustrated as he crossed the line, sat in his chair and shook his head fiercely.
When asked what his ambitions are for 2023, the Slovenian told the Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport: “There is a desire to regain my fourth place this year in the Tour of Flanders.”
In his post-race interview this spring, Pogacar said the result left him “really disappointed” and “frustrated with myself.”
“I was boxed in, but that’s cycling. Sometimes you’re boxed in and other times you have the road open,” he added. “Overall it was a great experience. It was a really amazing race.”
The UAE Team Emirates pilot also revealed to Gazzetta dello Sport that he would aim for another Monument title next season, aiming to add to his victories at Il Lombardia and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
“San Remo is another because I still haven’t managed to win it,” he told the Italian outlet. “And then there is the World Championship. It is 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”.
However, Pogacar’s main goal will be to return to the top step of the Tour de France podium.
“After second place this year, my goal is to get the Tour back,” he said.
The route for the 2023 edition of the race appears to be one for climbers as it features four summit finishes, including a return to the iconic Puy de Dôme for the first time since 1988. There is only one time trial in the three one-shot event. week: a 22 km alpine race from Passy to Combloux.
Speaking at the route announcement ceremony in Paris last month, the 2022 runner-up said: “I really like the course, the first few stages are very difficult and the third week is very, very difficult, so it’s going to be fun, I think. I can’t wait for July.
“I am really motivated to win it again and we will try to do everything we can to win it.”