Lance Armstrong attacked Tadej Pogacar on a live podcast, commenting on the Slovenian champion's first participation in the next Giro d'Italia: “I also chose to participate only once I returned, but between 2001 and 2005 I only thought about the Tour”. Pogacar has three main objectives in 2024: Tour, Olympics and the Pink Race.
The official news of Tadej Pogacar 's presence at the next Giro d'Italia has given new luster to the 2024 pink race which will therefore see one of the best cyclists of the Third Millennium at the start who will test himself on the roads of the Bel Paese for the first time. A presence that will relaunch the challenge of the Slovenian champion with his great rivals of the season to prove the great combination with the Tour de France. But for former Texan champion Lance Armstrong, the real reason why he accepted is only one: money.
The American's great accusation came live during his very popular cycling podcast, “The Movie” , in which he was not at all tender towards the 26-year-old Slovenian champion who had already won two consecutive Tours as well as a bronze medal in line of the 2023 World Cup. For Armstrong, the main reason that made Pogacar break the deadlock was not any feeling of glory or wanting to get involved, but rather a mere more venial objective: the money that the organization offered him to have him among the starters.
Lance Armstrong only participated in the Giro once, in 2009 with Astana
” I don't think Pogacar is racing the Giro out of a desire to expand his palmares but he decided to do it for money, like I did in 2009, ” Armstrong explained live. ” Then of course, we're talking about Pogacar, obviously when he puts a number on his back he wants to win, but that's not the reason .” For the Texan the ideas are therefore more than clear also because the Giro d'Italia has always been mistreated in favor of the Grande Boucle, Armstrong's true and only goal of the season. ” For example, I never wanted to race the Giro ” he explained, looking back at the early 2000s when cycling was all the rage, before discovering the fraudulent method in which victories were taken, ” between 1999 and 2005 I never took part in it , then I only went when I started racing again, in 2009.”
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But how much does Pogacar really earn for his participation in the next Giro d'Italia? The Slovenian is the highest paid cyclist on the entire circuit with his 6 million euros for the season for being the captain and star of the UAE Emirates and for his presence in the next race in the squad there is talk of a fee of 1 million. “First there will be the Giro” he officially announced a few days ago, communicating the choice to try his hand at the double commitment between the grand tours, “then there will be the Tour and finally the Paris Olympics”. These are the three main events of 2024 for a champion who is ready to take it all. Not just for money.