Peerless Pogacar wins Giro d'Italia

cycling26 May 2024 16:59| © Reuters
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Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar emphatically won the Giro d'Italia on his debut when he retained his unassailable overall lead after Sunday's 21st and final stage in Rome, winning by the biggest overall margin since 1965.

The 25-year-old UAE Team Emirates rider had been in the leader's pink jersey since winning stage two, the first of his six stage successes, and finished Sunday's ceremonial 125-km flat run safely in the bunch as Tim Merlier won the stage.

Merlier (Soudal–Quick-Step) outsprinted Italy's Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) as the Belgian won his third stage. Milan had made his way back to the front for the bunch sprint after crashing on the last lap around the Eternal City.

Milan, winner of three stages, wins the points classification, ahead of Australian Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) who finished third in the final stage.

Pogacar finished nine minutes and 56 seconds ahead of Colombia's Daniel Martinez (BORA-Hansgrohe), with last year's runner-up Geraint Thomas of Wales (Ineos Grenadiers) a further 28 seconds behind in third in the overall standings.

He adds the Giro title to his two Tour de France triumphs in 2020 and 2021, and did it in style, proving exactly why he had been the pre-race favourite as nobody came even close to challenging once Pogacar laid down an early marker on day two.

Last year's winner and fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic was absent from the race along with Remco Evenepoel and Jonas Vingegaard, but nothing can take away from Pogacar's domination in Italy, and he will now aim for the Tour de France.

Pogacar really took control on stage seven by winning the individual time trial ahead of Filippo Ganna, stretching his lead to over two and a half minutes, and followed that by winning the next stage.

Ganna gained revenge in the next time trial but Pogacar still extended the gap to his rivals when finishing second, and by stage 15 it was all but over when the Slovenian won his fourth stage and put an extra three minutes between himself and Thomas.

Pogacar won the weather-hit next stage and showed no mercy on the penultimate day when going solo to take his sixth stage to cement his grip on the maglia rosa, with an overall lead not seen in almost 60 years at the Giro.

The Slovenian also won the mountains classification and Pogacar could relax on the final day and enjoy his first ride around the streets of the Italian capital safe in the knowledge he was the Giro winner without a shadow of a doubt.


1. Tim Merlier (BEL) Soudal - Quick-Step 2:51:50

2. Jonathan Milan (ITA) Lidl - Trek "

3. Kaden Groves (AUS) Alpecin - Deceuninck "

4. Fernando Gaviria (COL) Movistar Team "

5. Tim van Dijke (NED) Team Visma - Lease a Bike "

6. Stanislaw Aniolkowski (POL) Cofidis "

7. Alberto Dainese (ITA) Tudor Pro Cycling Team "

8. Giovanni Lonardi (ITA) Team Polti - Kometa "

9. Caleb Ewan (AUS) Team Jayco - AlUla "

10. Donavan Grondin (FRA) Arkéa - B&B Hotels "


1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 79:14:03

2. Daniel Martínez (COL) BORA - hansgrohe +9:56

3. Geraint Thomas (GBR) INEOS Grenadiers +10:24

4. Ben O'Connor (AUS) Decathlon - AG2R - La +12:07

Mondiale Team

5. Antonio Tiberi (ITA) Bahrain Victorious +12:49

6. Thymen Arensman (NED) INEOS Grenadiers +14:31

7. Einer Rubio (COL) Movistar Team +15:52

8. Jan Hirt (CZE) Soudal - Quick-Step +18:05

9. Romain Bardet (FRA) Team dsm-firmenich - +20:32


10. Michael Storer (AUS) Tudor Pro Cycling Team +21:11