The shores of the Adriatic Sea are turning into a catwalk for Slovenian riders. Routes may change, circumstances may change, but in the end, it’s either Tadej Pogacar or Primoz Roglic to take home the Trident of Neptune of the Tirreno-Adriatico. Over the last five years, they have claimed two editions each, Roglic in 2019 and 2023, Pogacar in 2021 and 2022: Simon Yates’s victory in 2020, therefore, acquires even greater value.
Let there be no mistake, we are obviously dealing with two greats of this sport, probably the strongest stage race riders of the last 10 years. Still, seeing the Slovenian flag waving over the last three editions of the Corsa dei Due Mari is nothing short of impressive. It may be the coming of spring, it may be the sea air, it may be that the Adriatic is also a Slovenian sea, it may be whatever, but the Tirreno-Adriatico is now a Slovenian matter. And just for the record, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, at the Paris-Nice, Pogacar has just won three stages, along with the whole race. Roglic, between Tirreno and Adriatic, did not intend to be outdone, and took home the second Trident of his career.