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Giro: Pogacar fetes win by eating first Rome carbonara

Giro: Pogacar fetes win by eating first Rome carbonara

Slovenian being likened to Cannibal Merckx

ROME, 27 May 2024, 18:48

ANSA English Desk



Slovenian two-time Tour de France winner and two-time runner-up celebrated his first Giro d'Italia win by eating his first carbonara in Rome after revealing that the classic Roman dish was his favourite meal.
    Pogacar, 25, who is bidding to be the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to do the Giro-Tour double, had the celebratory dish at Eataly Ostiense after seeing Rome for the first time when he crossed the finish line almost 10 minutes in front of Colombia's Daniel Daniel Martinez and 10:24 ahead of 2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas, the Welsh veteran, on Sunday.
    Pogacar, who has been likened to Eddie the Cannibal Merckx, did not say where he developed his taste for carbonara but told journalists he was looking forward to trying to wrest the Grand Boucle from Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard who bested him in the last two years after the Slovenian ace won in 2020 and 2021.
    "I'm a bit tired, but still very psyched. I think I still need a bit of time to understand what has been the best moment," said the rider, who dominated on all kinds of stages in the Giro.
    He said it had been "great" to give Slovenia its second straight Giro win after Primož Roglič last year.
    He said he might take on the three Grand Tours including the Vuelta a Espana "some time in the future" but "for the moment I'm just thinking of the Tour, and then I'm aiming for the worlds in Zurich.
    "We'll see." 'Pogi' won six stages in this year's Giro, something only achieved by sprinters in this millennium, and five of them in the pink jersey, a feat only accomplished before by Merckx, the all-time great to whom he is now being compared.


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