Tadej Pogacčar and Primož Roglicč must be very tired. Gone are the days when riders tackled the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France or Vuelta a España as their big season objectives and then did no more. Instead, GC riders have now become forces to be reckoned with once again at one day races, and this was obvious recently during the late-season block of Italian one-day races. Rogličc won Milano-Torino and the Giro dell’Emilia, just a month and a bit after he won the Vuelta, and Pogacčar won Il Lombardia in the same season as his second Tour triumph. This is quite the contrast from the Chris Froome years, in which the Brit’s programme with Sky/Ineos would solely be around the Tour usually, and sometimes the Vuelta too. It is telling that Froome’s best results at the three Italian races named above barely exist: he raced them once, and did not finish on each occasion. What is clear is that Pogacčar and Roglicč have more to them than grand tour riding; and also that their teams are interested beyond these marquee races. Their form is not always on point, but their race calendar is more stretched. This can only be a good thing for the sport, as seeing this pair go head-to-head with the other luminaries of one-day racing only makes for better, more exciting editions. There was a worry that last year’s superstar Liège-BastogneLi­ège was a one-off, but this has proved not to be the case.

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