“I could see Pogačar coming a mile and a half away, and I said the only solution he had was to wait for the TT, because time was on his hands.
“He’s only 21, he’s much cooler than Roglič. We have been able to see it in the last few days. He knew he didn’t need to attack, because Jumbo was stronger. He just must have flown under the radar a little early. trial. ”
Warming up to his point, Merckx argued that Jumbo-Visma had “above all, run stupidly. For the past three weeks, they’ve all been outside, not letting anything happen, but they just forgot about this young boy at 50 seconds. [57 seconds – Ed.] What a mistake to make!
“They were hoisted by their own firecracker, they went to seek this defeat. It was clear that Pogačar was not going to attack them, he could not drop them in the mountains. But they should have tried to drop him a lot sooner, so they might have enough gap on him. It’s a good lesson in cycling. ”
Merckx argued The team that Jumbo-Visma had “perhaps forgotten the footage from Vuelta 2019” – where Pogačar placed third and won three stages – claiming that riders have not achieved such feats at 20 without being massively talented .
As to whether Pogačar was part of a new generation of riders alongside riders like Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick Step) or Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), Merckx was also somewhat disdainful.
“Let’s not take a step ahead with Remco, he hasn’t shown anything so far. He talks a lot but I wait to see the rest. I’m not sure Pogačar’s victory is good news for him. fairly high bar.
“Bernal was not that good this year, we would have to see what he looks like when he is back in the thick of the action to see if he is able to become Pogačar’s rival in the years to come. “