First, France Television just told us that the yellow Colnago below travelled overnight from Cambiago, Italy, meaning they had one ready but probably didn’t think they’d need to use it, just like most other people.
As you may know, I own an Ernesto-made Colnago and I had just assumed that they would have had other TDF winners in the past, but apparently Pog is the first, if you don’t count Eddy Merckx’s rebranded Colnagos in the early 70s. This must be a proud day for Maestro Colnago.
Back to yesterday’s stunning upset on La Planche des Belles Filles, Pogacar chose (I suppose) to ride his climbing bike without power meter, heart rate monitor or bike computer. Think about the last time you rode even without a computer and how naked and vulnerable you felt. Wasn’t he thinking about Strava, for goodness sake?! This alone is impressive.
I could be reading all sorts of things into this, but to me this also means that Pog – at the very young age of 21 don’t forget – is totally in tune with his body and must do plenty of training without counting on his ‘numbers’. I just can’t imagine someone training exclusively on watts to be able to just throw it all away for the most important hour of his athletic life. I could very well be completely wrong, but he’s got me intrigued.