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UAE Team Emirates’ Tour de Suisse demonstration confirms Tadej Pogačar as Tour de France favourite by quite a margin – Philippa York analysis

VILLARSSUROLLON SWITZERLAND JUNE 16 LR second place winner Joao Almeida of Portugal and UAE Team Emirates and the final overall winner Adam Yates of The United Kingdom and UAE Team Emirates Yellow leader jersey meet the media press after the 87th Tour de Suisse 2024 Stage 8 a 157km individual time trial stage from Aigle to VillarssurOllon 1249m UCIWT on June 16 2024 in VillarssurOllon Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The Tour de Suisse is a big deal. In the hierarchy of stage racing, it sits alongside the Critérium du Dauphiné as one of the main indicators of who is likely to be closely involved in the shake-up at the Tour de France. With less than two weeks to this year’s start in Florence, a rider can’t afford to be in average form. They need to be very good and just about in top shape. They might be able to add a little sharpness, but if you’re lacking stamina here then you will be found wanting in July.

The Swiss race is often a challenge that suits those who can climb, but there are usually a couple of flatter days to give something to the sprinters who have dared to make the voyage. Not at this 87th edition, however. The best the proper fast men could enjoy was a short prologue, as the other seven stages had hills or mountains. Most of them, therefore, were present to reacquaint themselves with Alpine climbs while hopefully not suffering too much in the process.

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