With the 2023 Tour de France now just a matter of weeks away, recent Critérium du Dauphiné runner-up Adam Yates and former two-time Maillot Jaune winner, Tadej Pogacar have joined-up in Sestrière for some final preparation.
After recently receiving the all-clear from doctors after having suffered a fractured wrist in a crash at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Pogacar is now clear to return to the road. With the aim of the UAE Team Emirates training camp being reconnaissance of some key Tour de France stages, Pogacar will kick off his quest for a third Yellow Jersey win without having raced since the 23rd of April.
Yates has some very recent experience of facing Pogacar's expected big rival at the Tour de France, finishing runner-up to Jonas Vingegaard at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Yates, who finished 4th at the 2016 Tour de France in his own right, will be something of a super domestique for Pogacar at this year's edition.
“There’s still pressure, there’s still stress. You have to arrive in top shape. Yeah, I don’t have to risk my life as much but still, I have to be in the right position at the right time and do the work when I need to, so I may still stress a little bit it will be good, a good experience," he told Cycling Pro Net. "Step by step we’re getting better. A little bit of rest now and hopefully take it one step higher.”