VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar practices uphill attacks in preparation for Tour de France

Can Tadej Pogacar become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year? With the first of his two objectives already in the bag, the UAE Team Emirates leader is now fully focused on reclaiming the Maillot Jaune when the Tour de France gets underway later this month.

Whilst his Giro d'Italia win was incredibly comfortable in the end, one of the key reasons for Pogacar's nearly ten minute advantage at the top of the general classification was the brutality of his uphill attacks, that none of his rivals could even come close to matching. Ahead of his second Grand Tour of the year, the Slovenian has practicing those aforementioned attacks.

"Sometimes us climbers also have to train our sprint," captions the two-time Tour de France winner of a video on his official Instagram account, displaying his incredible capacity for uphill accelerations whilst training hard for the upcoming Grand Tour test.

Whilst Pogacar is currently training his attacks at altitude, some of his Maillot Jaune rivals are getting some racing in their legs at the Criterium du Dauphine. On the uphill finish of stage 6, it was Pogacar's Slovenian compatriot, Primoz Roglic who impressed the most, taking the stage win and moving into the overall race lead in the process. Remco Evenepoel, who had started the day in the Maillot Jaune, fared somewhat poorer, crossing the line 42 seconds down in 8th place. For Pogacar's main rival, Jonas Vingegaard however, much less is known. Just a matter of weeks out from the Tour, the Dane's participation is still very much up in the air as he recovers at altitude from a horrific crash earlier in the season.

You can see Pogacar training his uphill sprints for yourself in the video down below!

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