The eight selected Jumbo-Visma riders include a powerful three-pronged GC attack by Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk who appears capable of facing the Ineos team. After the UCI announced its provisional plan to save the 2020 cycling season on Tuesday, Jumbo-Visma sports director Merijn Zeeman informed Cyclingnews that the team’s plan was to send the same list to the Tour.
“The objective of the Tour de France remains as is. Normally I don’t see our Tour de France membership is different, “said Zeeman Cyclingnews.
Zeeman admitted that Jumbo-Visma may need to take into account how the team’s runners are going through their lockout periods, and that team management has a huge job to do when it comes to formatting rosters for the new condensed UCI racing calendar. . However, Zeeman added that the ambition to win the Tour de France with one of their three Grand Tour leaders remains the main objective.
“However, we have to see how the riders get through this period, and see if they are really ready to reach their highest level on the Tour. We don’t have the races to prepare as usual, when you can see how the runners run, but I’m sure they’ll race well, ”he said.
“Nothing is finalized yet but the big goal of the year was to go on the Tour and try to win it, and it remains the same. I hope the plans they have will come true. Considering all the circumstances, I will be very grateful if we can just run and do all these great races. For me, this is the most important thing. “
Tom Dumoulin expressed concern over the lack of altitude training camps as part of his preparation if he could not travel from his home in Belgium. The former Giro d’Italia winner said Cyclingnews in April, without such training methods, he would not be able to compete for overall victory in a three-week race.
Dumoulin has not raced since the Critérium du Dauphiné last June and changed teams during the winter. His arrival at Jumbo-Visma was flagged as the missing piece of the puzzle as the Dutch team sought to end Team Ineos’ domination of the Tour de France.
While Dumoulin’s comments on altitude camps were seen as an acknowledgment of the problems racers will face after the lockout ends in Europe, Zeeman has taken a slightly more positive stance.
“My opinion is that we have to take things as they come. If it is not possible to travel, it may mean something different for the shape of each runner. That’s what it is but the most important thing is that we can run. Maybe we can make a small camp before the Tour, maybe we can make them individual. Maybe we can’t camp, and if it is, then we just have to accept it. It is governments that make the rules, “he said.
Provisional composition of Jumbo-Visma for the Tour de France 2020: Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk, Tony Martin, Wout van Aert, Sepp Kuss, Robert Gesink, Laurens De Plus