Tadej Pogačar to race the Giro d'Italia in 2024

Two-time Tour de France winner appears in Giro d'Italia social media post

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Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) will make his Giro d'Italia debut in 2024

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Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) will make his Giro d'Italia debut in 2024

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has confirmed that he will race the Giro d'Italia in 2024 after the race organisers published a short video of the Slovenian heading to the Giro as part of a social media post.

Pogačar is set to unveil his full 2024 race calendar on Monday as part of the UAE Team Emirates press event in Spain. However, on Sunday afternoon Giro organisers, RCS Sport, and the rider, collaborated on a short video post that appeared on X (formerly known at Twitter).

Pogačar has never raced the Giro d'Italia, having concentrated on the Tour de France since his second year in the pro ranks. He won the Tour de France in 2020 and 2021 before finishing second to Jonas Vinegaaard (Jumbo-Visma) over the previous two years.

In the last few months speculation had mounted surrounding a possible Giro challenge with Pogačar repeatedly linked to a Giro start as RCS attempted to attract a major star to their premier men's race.

Pogačar, 25, is likely to start the Giro d'Italia as the main favourite with the 2023 winner Primož Roglič set to skip the race and concentrate on the Tour de France.

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It's unclear at this stage as to whether Pogačar will follow the Giro d'Italia with a Tour de France ride, before concentrating on the Olympic Games road race in Paris in August. His team have not responded to questions from GCN.

Read more: UAE Team Emirates Team Talk: A great season but missing a Grand Tour victory

The 2024 Giro d'Italia runs between 4-26 May. The race will once again contain 21 stages, with a mixture of mountains, time trials, and flat terrain. The route will feature 68.2km of individual time trialling, six summit finishes, and stages inspired by Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo.

There are a host of other potential big-name candidates, including 2022 Giro champion Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), Simon Yates (Jayco-AlUla), and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).

One scenario could see Pogačar attempt to win the Giro-Tour double, a feat not achieved within men's cycling since the 1998 season, when the late Marco Pantani claimed both races.

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