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Ineos Grenadiers boss Zak Dempster says his team was ‘beaten’ by Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d’Italia

Zak Dempster insists Ineos Grenadiers will not be the first team to be ‘beaten’ by Tadej Pogacar in the 2024 Giro d’Italia.

The Slovenian won stage 7 of the race by beating Grenadiers rider Filippo Ganna, who posted an impressive time of 52 minutes and 1 second.

Pogacar was behind his Italian rival at the second intermediate checkpoint, but finished 17 seconds ahead of him after finding a second wind on the climb to the finish.

The victory puts Pogacar at the top of the Giro d’Italia standings, and sporting director Dempster could only applaud the 25-year-old’s determination.

“I don’t think we are the first team to be beaten up by Pogacar and certainly not the last.

“I think it’s thanks to the boys that they put in a really good performance today.

“Remember that Pogacar normally goes quickly uphill and downhill and on the flat I wasn’t that surprised that he went fast.

“Of course our aim is to be competitive here every day and we were aiming for the win today, so it’s disappointing, but at the same time they did their best and you can’t ask for more.

“Of course Filippo is disappointed. 17 seconds is not much on a time trial with such a climb. I don’t think you can ask much more from Filippo, even though we might have wanted more.”

Ineos Grenadiers rider Magnus Sheffield finished third, while his teammate Geraint Thomas finished two minutes off the pace in 10th.

The disappointing result sees Thomas drop to third place in the overall standings, while Bora-Hansgrohe’s Daniel Martínez rises to second place.

Pogacar has been in incredible form all season, but Dempster is hopeful his team can turn things around with fourteen stages remaining.

“He’s quite candid Geraint, he wasn’t thrilled with his performance on the last climb, but that’s cycling,” he added.

“It’s like I say: we move on and Rome is still far away, we’ll see what happens.

“We knew it would be a big challenge against Pogacar, and it’s not realistic to think you’re going to be up front with a guy like that.

“As we move forward, we will do our utmost. We are here every day in the Giro to be competitive and today I think we showed that we were.”

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