Tour de France favorite Tadej Pogacar was hailed as "unbeatable" on Thursday, even as he revealed he contracted COVID-19 just 10 days ago.

Pogacar won the Tour de France in 2020 and 2021, and the Slovenian, who captured the Giro d'Italia crown last month, is hoping to be the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 — the year Pogacar was born — to win the rare Tour-Giro double.

"The Giro-Tour double is difficult to achieve," the Team UAE rider said Thursday. "It's a big challenge, but I'm ready to take it on."