Pogacar benefits from Montreal’s victory ahead of the World Cup

Tour de France runner-up Tadej Pogacar said his win at Sunday’s GP de Montreal made him “happy and confident” ahead of the UCI Road World Championships in Australia.

Slovenia’s Pogacar, who narrowly missed out on a third consecutive Tour de France title this year, held off Belgium’s Wout van Aert to claim victory in Montreal.

“In the end it was perfect, it was difficult because we know Wout is one of the best sprinters in the world, but it’s a tough finish and I believed in myself and gave it my all and made it. It’s incredible,” said said the driver of the UAE Team Emirates.

“After the Tour I wasn’t in good shape, I relaxed and prepared for that last part and today was a super good day, so I’m really happy and confident to go to the World Cup.

“It’s always a bit more difficult with the national team but I’m confident that I’m in good shape.”

The World Championships will take place from September 17th to 25th around Wollongong, a coastal town 80km south of Sydney.