From Copenhagen to Paris, four weeks to be crowned king of cycling. La Grande Boule, with an excellent turnout, is looking for who is able to stop the Pogacar era.
The 109th edition of the Tour, whose grand departure will take place in Copenhagen on 1 July, as a great tribute to the most cycling city in the world, is marked by the dominance of Tadej Pogakar, With a tempting and demanding route from the first week onwards, the 3,328-km drive to the Champs-lysées will bring a fight against Slovenian talent, with a slew of contenders led by his compatriot. primoz roglik,
1.- Tadej Pogakar (UAE Team Emirates)
At 23, he wants to join a select club of prodigies who have achieved three ongoing tours: Bobet, Anquetil, Merckx, Indurain and Froome , 2022 has already shown confirmation of its strength, even in the Classics at the start of the year (it won the UAE Tour, Strade Bianche and Tierno Adriatico and was fifth in Milan-San Remo and fourth in its debut) in Flanders ) and in a recent tour of Slovenia, he has supported his excellent preparation in the Alps. They are also supported by a guarantee team, which includes Brandon McNulty, Rafa Majka, Mark Soler and George Bennett They’ll cover him in all sorts of conditions, from the first week’s attack—with a leg that runs through part of Paris-Roubaix to the Alps and Pyrenees. Pogakar recently confessed, “We’ll see if it’s enough to be good this year until 2021. I feel stronger, leaner, more power and psychologically more secure.” La Gazzetta dello Sport. Also top favorite for bookmakers.
2.- Primoz Rogik (Jumbo-Visma)
At 33, the triple winner of the Vuelta has the ambition to end his illustrious career with the Tour achievement that takes him so far. From a dramatic second place in 2020 to abandonment in the final edition, with a very hard crash in the third stage. After a knee injury that he won in the spring, his emphatic win at the Dauphin reaffirms his aspirations and the team that follows him couldn’t be more powerful, Jonas Wingguardsecond from last year and continue for one vout van erte Which as always does not leave anyone indifferent.
3.- Jonas Wingguard (Jumbo-Visma)
It is difficult to describe Roglic as a grand dan and that image of the two entering the target of the Plateau de Salaison (Dauphin) hand-in-hand. With the Pogakars being a keeping caste each in their conflict, it is also possible that they opt for a joint riot. Because Wingguard already knows what it’s like to get a Slovenian in trouble (there aren’t many to say that), making him human on Mont Ventoux. A rarity, a Danish climber, and a surprise to be confirmed.
4.- Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadier)
The strange and recent tour of Switzerland, plagued by dropouts due to the coronavirus, has been a blow to the aspirations of the British, the winner in 2018. That experience, his versatility and the great team Ineos will offer are his strengths, although it seems that Cardiff has been away from a front line for a long time.
5.- Daniel Felipe Martinez (Enos Grenadier)
without Egan Burnla, the mighty British team has no clear leader and the Colombians would prefer the stripes. and also Adam Yachts There can be an election, it is such a mighty one. Martínez won the Tour of the Basque Country, was third in Paris-Nice and has yet to confirm all of his conditions at the Grand Tour. His youthfulness and time-tested abilities work to his advantage, although his time as team leader (Education First) on tour was plagued by misfortune. Don’t be the only Colombian with aspirations. Too nairo quintana (Arka), who faces his ninth participation, and rigoberto urni (Education First) has a lot to say in the big ports.
6.- Alexander Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe)
While he was leading the Tour de Suisse, living up to his expectations, he had to leave because of the Covid. The transition has surrounded the young Russian, a pearl that this season has already shown its advantage in the Tour de Romanda and Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana. in perfection and at the head of a great squad, aksander vlasov He has high hopes for his Tour de France debut.
7.- Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citren)
Fourth place from the previous edition—which included a stage win—in which he confirmed all his performances, places the Australian on the list of favourites, who comes after a major participation in the Dauphiné, extending a solid season in which He was always the first in the races he entered—he had to withdraw from Parc-Nice—winning a stage at the Volta and the Tour de Jura. “I have changed my vision since last year and I feel capable of aiming higher this summer. Seeing my friend was encouraging too jai hindley win the tour He is also from Perth and we have known each other for a long time. When I saw him win, I told myself that I can too.”
8.- Enrique Maas (Movistar)
Kala has another great opportunity to showcase her capacity for endurance and regularity in grand tours. He has finished sixth and fifth respectively in the last two editions of the Tour, and has already finished second in the Vuelta twice. An accident at the Dauphiné, which eventually forced him to leave, disrupted his set-up, but all his efforts and that of his needy team have always been focused on the current tour. It would be the great and only Spanish property for the general.
9.- Thibaut Pinot (Groupma-FDJ)
Victory at the Tour of the Alps meant getting out of a long tunnel Thibaut PinotFrench cycling has another great hope that continues to fight against its curse: from hinault He did not win the Tour in 1985. At the Tour of Switzerland he again won a mountain stage, his specialty. your partner David Gaudí, Warren Barguilo (archaea), William Martin (Cofidis) and Romain Burdett (DSM), who had to withdraw from the Giro at a great moment, will have other great French moves. They will certainly be great cheerleaders of the race.
10.- Jack Haig (Bahrain victorious)
Australia is fashionable in cycling and Jack HaigWho has already shown his potential in the last tour of Spain (third), intends to emulate his compatriots jai hindley, the surprise winner of the recent Giro. be with Damiano CarusoThe once always ambitious Bahrain’s great trump card Mikel Landa He has confirmed that he will not be at the Grande Bowl. Their preparations have been disrupted with the team being completely ruled out of the recent tour of Switzerland due to Kovid.
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