Tadej Pogačar and Demi Vollering reign supreme - GCN Racing News Show

Conor Dunne is in the studio to look back on a week in which the story was one of domination in professional cycling

Clock01:46, Tuesday 21st May 2024

Two of the sport's pre-eminent superstars proved themselves to be unstoppable at the weekend, from Italy to Spain, as Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime) hammered home their superiority over the respective men's and women's pelotons.

Winning the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas at a canter, Vollering continued her remarkable run of form that has delivered her to eight victories in her last 11 days of racing, whilst Pogačar ran riot at the Giro d'Italia to almost double his advantage in the maglia rosa and all but confirm his victory in the race, barring any illness or misfortune in the final week.

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Their displays have placed the two riders head and shoulders above their competition in recent weeks and both riders will be determined to carry this form into the summer and the Tour de France. There, Vollering will be chasing a second successive Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift success, and Pogačar will be looking to become the first man since Marco Pantani (1998) to win both the Giro and Tour in the same season.

GCN's Conor Dunne is in the studio to look back at the dominant performances of Vollering and Pogačar, making sure not to forget the rest of the field, all of whom will have their own tales to tell. Not the least of which is Jenthe Biermans of Arkéa-B&B Hotels, who astonishingly fell into a 25-metre ravine on Sunday at the Giro d'Italia.

Fortunately, the 28-year-old was able to pull himself up and finish the stage looking no worse for wear than the podium contenders that Pogačar had sent packing in the finale. The struggles of those men and the gruppetto behind will have drawn a wry smile from all riders not at the Giro, including Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale's Sam Bennett, who was busy in his own right in northern France.

Read more: 'Preparing for the Tour de France' - Sam Bennett takes four wins and overall at Tour of Dunkirk

The Irish sprinter proved as dominant as Pogačar and Vollering at the Four Days of Dunkirk, winning four of the race's six stages and in doing so, claiming both the points classification and the overall victory. It was a first stage race win of the 33-year-old's career and in this week's GCN Racing News Show, Conor makes the case that Bennett wore pink with more style than Pogačar over the past few days.

For that fashion debate and a whole lot more, make sure to check out this week's Racing News Show at the top of this page.

For everything you need to know about the 2024 Giro d'Italia, from the history of the race to this year's route and start list, be sure to check out our dedicated race hub.

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