Pogacar Holds His Nerve To Win Volta Ao Algarve

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)

After the feats of strength came the test of nerve. Tadej Pogačar had already showcased his physical attributes on this Volta ao Algarve by winning atop the Alto do Fóia and then extending his overall lead in the time trial the next day, but a frantic concluding leg to the Alto do Malhão called for a cool head as much as for raw power. Pogačar, it seems, has both qualities in abundance. Mindful that his 29-second overnight lead was unlikely to dissolve in the space of the explosive, 3km climb to the finish, Pogačar’s rivals looked to examine his resolve from further out as the race snaked through the fragrant hills of the Serra do Caldeirão, but the Slovenian proved equal to the task. The penultimate climb to Vermelhos was appropriately named. Coming just 20km from the finish, it might as well have been marked in red in the road ...

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