Defending champion Bernal will be there, as will the 2018 winner Thomas, but a question mark hangs over the participation of quadruple winner Chris Froome on the back of the news that he will move to the Israel Start-Up Nation next season, even if it was widely thought that Ineos would correspond to Jumbo-Visma’s approach of taking three leaders on the Tour.
While he is now deeply involved in intensive training for the Tour, Kruijswijk has not yet raced in 2020. The same is true for his teammate and compatriot Dumoulin, while the Slovenian Roglic drove and won his race on the road to the national championships at the end of last month, and finished second in the time trial. .
To date, Kruijswijk and his teammates would normally have fought the Ineos team on the Tour de France, but the postponement of the race due to the coronavirus pandemic means that the riders are now busy preparing for the Grand Départ of Nice at the end of next month. .
“This is a new situation for all of us, so we are curious,” said Kruijswijk about the schedule changes. “But the goal is to win the Tour in one team.
“Of course, every athlete wants to win, and one of us could win this victory, but we need each other for that,” he said.
“In the end, the strongest rider wins the Tour, in which we try to spread our chances of winning,” said Kruijswijk. “If it becomes a tactical game, then you better sit with three men in the front. ”
The 33-year-old should start his 2020 season on the Tour de l’Ain in France (August 7-9), then stay in France to try to eliminate the problems associated with COVID-19 and international travel. Critérium du Dauphiné (12-16 August) before entering the Tour de France in late August.