As previously reported, Vincenzo Nibali’s Trek-Segafredo 2020 will remain focused on winning the Giro d’Italia for the third time in his career, while Porte and Mollema will be co-leaders of the Tour, where they finished 11th and 28th, respectively , in 2019.“When the revised schedule was released, it certainly made it easier to return to the coach during the lockout period,” Porte said on his team’s website. “Now it’s been a week since I was allowed to go out on the road, and of course the fire is burning for the Tour de France, but when you miss nine weeks of driving on the road, it’s a shock for the system. Because cycling is such a goal-oriented sport, it’s great to have a schedule that we can work on now.
“The Tour de France remains my main focus for the season, and it starts with the added bonus of riding my local roads in Nice,” said the 35-year-old Australian. “However, it will certainly be unexplored territory during the Tour in September. I don’t know how different it will be, although I don’t expect it to be as hot as normal and the weather will be a little more finicky. ” mountains. “
Porte is one of the few professional drivers to have tasted victory in the shortened 2020 season, winning a stage and the overall classification of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia in January. He then participated in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, then, once back in Europe, in the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var – where Porte took third place in the general classification – and in Paris-Nice, totaling up to ” at 17 days of racing.
“It was a great start to the season for me personally,” said Porte, “but since then it has been such a strange time without racing and without even being able to get out on the bike.
“The fact that we are going to have races at the end of the year is good for the sport. The team has been very good at the moment, very transparent in keeping us informed of what is going on behind the scenes. It’s finally going to be nice to drive a few kilometers on the road and start the season again, “he said.
According to the team, Porte and Mollema hope to start their seasons again during the Tour de l’Ain French stage race from August 7 to 9.
Mollema is looking forward to sharing leadership with Porte again during the Tour, and the Dutchman will then aim for stage wins at the rescheduled Vuelta a España, which is scheduled to take place from October 21 to November 9.
“My goals for the rest of the season are more or less the same,” said Mollema. “After this break, I’m really looking forward to running again. So far it has been more about staying in shape, but with the new schedule, we can really start working towards our goals.
“It will be a busy few months, but I really hope we can give fans lots of reasons to cheer again,” he said.