Pogacar opens big

Tadej Pogacar He started his season in a big way. The double champion of Tour won on Monday at the opening of the course at the Classic Jaén Inner Paradise, a young Spanish race held on a daring route through stretches of dirt. In its second year of existence, Jaen he enrolled in his record a notable of the current squad. The triumph of pogacar gives luster to Paradise, a courageous competition with projection of the future. Also to Spanish cycling. And, incidentally, it raises expectations for the return to Andalusiawhich begins today in the same province, with the Slovenian ace as the main attraction, against a cast of Spanish challengers headed by enric mas, Michael Landa and carlos rodriguez.

As relevant as the victory itself, was the way to achieve it. pogi attacked 42 kilometers from the goal of Baeza. He did not need an exhibition of that caliber, he would have won just the same waiting for a closer moment, but the present batch of champions values ​​both the final success and the path to achieve it. It is important to win, but not in any way. Pogacar, number one in the ranking ICU in the last two years, is one of the main exponents of this philosophy, which is also part of Remco Evenepoel, Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel…and knocks on the door Juan Ayuso. Until about twenty years ago, the races at the start of the season, and that includes Andalusia, edited battles between the second swords of the teams, while the leaders of the ranks did training with the bib, facing their assault on the big ones. That has changed for a while. In 2015 we were already able to witness here a duel between Chris Froome and Alberto counter. Now the leaders do not speculate. If they participate in a race, it is with the intention of winning it. And, if possible, with a show.

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