Tadej Pogocar says he will not participate in the Vuelta a Espana 2023

The cyclist claims he needs some time to recover

Last Friday (11), during a press conference after his participation in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championship, Tadej Pogocar was asked about his recent matches and stated that he will not participate in the Vuelta a Espana 2023 .

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The cyclist reported that the next steps in his career would be to recover from the world championship, so that he could return to the next competitions with greater strength and performance than he has been demonstrating. Since the beginning of February, the athlete has been participating in several matches with no time to take a break and get some rest.

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“I’ve been at a high level since February, there’s no chance of doing the Vuelta. We have a super good team for the Vuelta, I don’t want to interfere with them. They are a super good team and they are used to each other, they are training together. I think our team at the Vuelta can fight for the win. I will be the sofa selection for once”, joked Tadej Pogocar.

When recalling his trajectory since the beginning of this year, the cyclist referred to it as “probably one of the best seasons of my career” in which he was the protagonist and winner of the biggest races that are on the UCI calendar, such as Tour de Flanders, Amstel Gold Race , Jaén Paraiso Interior, Ruta del Sol, and La Flèche Wallone.

“The first objective is to recover from the World Cup, then we’ll see how we’ll do it until the end of the season. It was a long season, I’ve been at the top since February without recovery, without vacations and with an injury too. It was a very tough season and probably the best season I’ve ever had in my career,” said Tadej Pogocar.

Recently, via the official website, the UCI released the routes that will be covered in this year’s Vuelta a Espana, between August 26th and September 17th. This time, the competition will start in Barcelona, go through climbs such as Coll D’Estenalles and Montjuic, through the mountains in North Surya, the Pyrenees and Andorra, ending in Madrid.

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