In a surprising turn of events, Tadej Pogačar has announced his participation in the 2024 Giro d’Italia. This news, revealed by the Italian Grand Tour’s organisers, marks the Slovenian cyclist’s debut in the race. Despite previously hinting at focusing solely on the Tour de France, Pogačar’s decision indicates a significant shift in his racing strategy for 2024.
Pogačar, the two-time Tour de France champion, has been a dominant force in the Tour de France, with victories in 2020 and 2021. His recent seasons, however, saw him conceding to Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma. The move to the Giro d’Italia represents a new challenge for the UAE Team Emirates leader, who has expressed a desire to compete in the Italian race.
The Giro d’Italia 2024 will commence on May 4th from Venaria Reale in Piedmont and is expected to attract a star-studded field. The participation of other notable riders, including Nairo Quintana, Simon Yates, and Wout van Aert, is anticipated, adding to the race’s excitement. Geraint Thomas, the runner-up in the last Giro d’Italia, is also considering a return.
Pogačar’s decision to participate in the Giro raises speculation about his plans for the 2024 Tour de France, set to start in Florence, Italy, on June 29. The potential for him to race both Grand Tours adds an intriguing dimension to his season. Pogačar’s ambitions for a Giro-Tour double, a feat last achieved by Marco Pantani in 1998, reflect his drive to secure victories in all three Grand Tours.
The announcement of Pogačar’s Giro debut was made through a playful video posted on social media by RCS Sports, organisers of the Giro. This marks a significant moment for the Giro d’Italia, which will benefit from the participation of one of cycling’s most prominent figures. Pogačar’s season will be closely watched as he embarks on this new challenge in the Italian Grand Tour.