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Tour de France 2024 Favorite Tadej Pogacar “Never felt so good on the bike”

Tadej Pogacar issued an ominous warning to his Tour de France rivals on Wednesday, with the two-time winner declaring: “I’ve never felt so good on the bike.”

The Slovenian wants to become the first cyclist since Marco Pantani in 1998 – the year Pogacar was born – to win both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour in the same season.

And three days before the 2024 edition of the cycling event kicks off in Florence, Italy, Pogacar is radiating confidence as he looks to add to his Tour victories in 2020 and 2021.

“I feel that I have made progress since the Giro and that my form is better than expected,” said the 25-year-old rider, who finished second behind Dane Jonas Vingegaard in the past two years.

“I tested my legs a bit and honestly I’ve never felt better on the bike,” he told his UAE team’s website.

“Everyone thinks I will win the Tour every year, but the last two times I haven’t won,” said Pogacar, whose preparations last year were hampered by a broken wrist.

“A lot of things weren’t right after my crash in Liège,” he recalls.

“I discovered who was there to help me and who wasn’t. There was disappointment and negative energy around me, and I didn’t have 100% confidence in the Tour.

“That all built up to a point where I crumbled. It was during the time trial in Combloux. After that I stood still.”

Twelve months later, it’s Pogacar’s in-form rivals who have endured a less-than-ideal build-up to the three-week marathon that starts in Florence and ends this year in Nice, France, due to preparations for the Paris Olympics .

Vingegaard, Remco Evenepoel and Pogacar’s compatriot Primoz Roglic have all suffered crashes that have interrupted their preparations.

“Jonas was very badly injured (with multiple fractures), but I think he is doing well,” Pogacar said. “If he feels mentally strong and has recovered well, he will be at his top level.

“We saw that Remco and Primoz were in good shape in the Dauphine and I think they will be at their best.

“But you never know. Last year I thought I was 100%, but one day I was very good and the next day I wasn’t ready.”

When asked if he was keen to make a strong start to exploit any weaknesses of his main contenders for the 2024 title, he shrugged.

“I can’t say much about that,” he said. “The first two stages are difficult and will show where we all compare. After the first two stages we will decide how to approach the next few days.”

How to watch Tour De France 2024 in the United States

For those watching from the United States, a live broadcast of the 2024 Tour de France will be available on Peacock.

Peacock will be the exclusive home of the event in the United States through 2029, with start-to-finish coverage of every leg, although select legs will also air on NBC.

How to watch Tour De France 2024 in Canada

FloBikes will provide a live broadcast to the Canadian public.

Viewers in Canada can watch all 21 stages of the 2024 Tour de France live on FloBikes and the FloSports app.

FloBikes will also be providing updates, highlights and behind-the-scenes coverage throughout the event for all Flo subscribers.

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