The Dane entered the Tour leading Astana-Premier Tech and hoping to aim for stage wins and prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. In Japan, he aims to do better than five years ago in Rio where he won silver behind Greg Van Avermaet.Talk to Cyclismenews During the Tour, the 36-year-old said his Tour legs were severely affected by the side effects of his second COVID hit and his pre-Tour form was quickly wiped out.
“My general feeling is good. I don’t feel so bad but I can’t push my limits, ”said Fuglsang Cyclismenews.
“I feel limited because I am not able to push my body like I can normally. It means that I haven’t destroyed myself and that I don’t feel so tired.
Fuglsang finished third overall in the Tour de Suisse behind Richard Carapaz and Rigoberto Urán. Although not aiming for the overall standings he was still expected to leave a mark on the Tour but heading to Paris for the final stage of the sprint he has yet to finish in the top. 20 on no stage with his best result on stage 1 when he was 21st behind Julian Alaphilippe. Since then he has worked for his teammate Alexey Lutsenko but he rarely threatened in the mountain stages and is expected to finish 38th overall.
“The only explanation that can be found is that I had my second COVID vaccine after the Tour de Suisse and it limits me and my body is still working on it. I had my first shot after the Classics and I did tests in a training camp in Tenerife and I had a high lactate rate for my power and in Switzerland I was good ”, he said. he declares.
“Then I got the second shot and a second race test showed the same results I had in Tenerife, that my numbers are basically where they are in December or even worse. It’s like that, but at some point it’s going to go away and that’s what we’re waiting for.
“In Switzerland I was good so I’m just counting the days because I hope I’m good for the Olympics. I just have to be patient and give the best of myself. It was frustrating because things looked perfect going into the race. In Switzerland, if you remove the time trials, I was up there with Carapaz and Urán so I think that without this problem I could have done stages of the Tour. It’s part of the game and I have to wait until everything is back to normal.
With the Tokyo road race a week away, Fuglsang hopes to regain his best legs before it’s too late. He went to reconnoitre the road in 2019 and with victories at Il Lombardia and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he certainly has the pedigree to challenge. He also finished second in Rio five years ago, and Tokyo’s tough course seems perfectly suited to his aggressive runner nature.
“I went in October 2019 and went to see the course after doing the Critérium de Saitama. I have an idea of what to expect and I think it is more difficult than in Rio. The climb we have with about 35 km until the finish is a decent and super steep climb. It’s for climbers. In Rio you might be able to survive a little better so Tokyo will be a more difficult race, ”he said. Cyclists.
“It would be a huge achievement and for sure the biggest one-day win of my career. I know it’s going to be tough and a huge fight but hopefully the right way is that I’m not 100 percent for the Tour and then it turns for the Olympics. Winning would be huge, even if it’s a title that only lasts three years. Three years is still a lot better than no years.