The Slovenian famous person has but to finalise his 2024 calendar, with that to be confirmed at UAE Crew Emirates‘ media day on December 18.
Nonetheless, Spanish newspaper AS has reported that Pogačar is about to spend his March racing the trio of Italian WorldTour races, with Strade Bianche (March 2) and Tirreno-Adriatico (March 4-10) again on his schedule after skipping the pair in 2023.
The season’s first Monument at Milan-San Remo (March 16) also needs to characteristic in his plans after scoring fifth and fourth locations at La Primavera in latest participations. Selecting the Italian races implies that he would not return to France to defend his Paris-Good title subsequent March.
Pogačar has combined and matched his early season racing throughout his 5 years as a professional, having lined up on the Tour Down Below, UAE Tour, Volta ao Algarve, and final yr the Clásica Jaén Paraiso Inside and Vuelta a Andalucía in January and February.
2024 will see the 25-year-old tackle a brand new problem for his first races of the yr as he heads to Portugal. He’ll line up on the Figueira Champions Basic, a one-day race holding its second version on February 10. A return to the Volta ao Algarve (February 14-18) for the primary time since his victory there in 2019 can be on the playing cards.
The five-day stage race, which options its standard uphill finishes at Foiá and Malhão in addition to a 22km time trial, has to date confirmed 10 WorldTour groups for subsequent February. UAE Crew Emirates might be joined by Remco Evenepoel and Soudal-QuickStep in addition to Lidl-Trek and Alpecin-Deceuninck, amongst others, whereas Ineos Grenadiers and Visma-Lease a Bike also needs to begin.
The lesser-known Figueira Champions Basic, final yr a 1.1 race earlier than stepping as much as 1.Professional standing for 2024, is held on the west coast of Portugal between Porto and Lisbon. Final yr Casper Pedersen (Soudal-QuickStep) received from a small lead group on the hilly 190km route, whereas this time round eight WorldTour groups are down to participate.
After all, Pogačar’s 2024 targets will lie past the early season warm-up races in Portugal. A fifth begin at Strade Bianche, which he received in 2022, will give him extra kilometres on off-road terrain a number of months forward of the very important gravel-packed stage 9 of the Tour de France.
He’ll be within the combine for victory at Tirreno-Adriatico – which he is received twice earlier than – and Milan-San Remo, too, whereas he has but to verify whether or not April will see him give attention to defending his Tour of Flanders title or construct across the Ardennes triple.
July’s Tour de France might be his important goal of the season, with a mooted Giro d’Italia debut not in his plans. As an alternative, he’ll line up bids at changing into Olympic and world champion in Paris and Zürich later within the yr.
“The principal targets are the Tour, the Olympics and the Worlds. That is in chronological order, not significance,” Pogačar mentioned not too long ago. “Driving the Giro is one among my goals however I am unable to say if I will journey. I have never spoken to my coaches at UAE Crew Emirates, we’ve not mentioned the small print of what I will do. I will determine my race programme in December. However I might have too many obligations to incorporate the Giro.”