Roger Adrià: “I heard ‘it’s Pogacar, it’s Pogacar’ and the peloton almost stopped”

On April 18, Roger Adrià turned 25, and a day later he ran the Flecha-Wallona, ​​curdling a great performance. He was twelfth, nine seconds behind Pogacar in the famous Muro de Huand. In that same week he was in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, a very special Monument for his team, Kern-Pharma, who fights to have these invitations in the best races on the calendar and to be able to fight with World Tour riders, and in that elite Roger made it clear that he is not out of place: “This month of April I have taken a step forward in all the races, showing a good level. Now I have that confidence to be competitive”, said the Catalan, based in Andorra, at Pica de AS. He entered the AS Audio program while returning from Belgian lands and from his carin a stop before continuing with the long journey.

“The distance makes the Monuments change a lot, they are very hard. In Liège, for example, you arrive at La Redoute (one of the toughest climbs) with more than 200 km in your legs, and it is where you have to get your maximum potential and the best data… with five and a half hours of racing already. It is when runners like Evenepoel bring out their class ”, said Roger, who recognized his admiration for the Belgian: “It is the one that impresses me the most. When he starts, from the television it seems that it is nothing … and with 30 km to go he leaves Pidcock sitting as if he were a juvenile. Afterwards, he rides solo 30 km to the finish line and putting in time for the rest. Spectacular”.

In the fall of Pogacar, with only 84 km traveled and of which there are no videos or images, Adrià saw it from the peloton: “It was strange, because there are always many crashes in the races, but in this one I heard ‘it was Tadej, it was Tadej’, everyone talking about the same thing, and the peloton for five minutes almost stopped. When they said that he gave up, the race continued. After living a “spectacular environment” in Belgium, Adrià faces the following challenges: “From Friday I will be in the Vuelta a Asturias. In the month of May I will be training at altitude, to prepare some classics from France and Italy, and then the Occitania Route (in 2022 he achieved his first victory as a professional in this test) and the Spanish championships (23, 24 and 25 June). These are the objectives for this half of the season”.

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