Imola (dpa) – After the remarkable double success in the Tour de France, Slovenian cycling stars Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic want to achieve the next big triumph for their country.

The 22-year-old tour winner and the 30-year-old ex-ski jumper will compete together on Sunday in the World Cup race on the road in Imola (10 a.m. / ZDF / Eurosport 2). “Maybe it will be a duel between Slovenia and the whole world. There are many countries that can play an important role on Sunday,” said Pogacar, who crowned himself the winner last weekend with a furious performance in the mountain time trial in the Vosges. .

Pogacar plays with a victory for teammate Roglic, who enjoyed the 258.2 kilometer route through Emilia Romagna. “I think that would be a real fairytale, but on Sunday there will be a tough race that is slightly different from the Tour de France”, Pogacar clarified. Countryman Roglic assumes that, despite the enormous effort after 3484 kilometers, tour starters can have an advantage in the World Championship road race.

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