The most uncertain Tour

The season has placed two non-habitual names as Tour favorites: Jakob Fuglsang, winner of the Dauphiné, and the Colombian Egan Bernal, of the Tour of Switzerland.


The events of the season have placed two unusual names as favorites for Tour, which have grown after the dispute of the two races that serve in June as a thermometer for the French round: the Dane Jakob Fuglsang, winner of the Dauphiné, and the Colombian Egan Bernal, from the Vuelta a Suiza. Two reverse cases are those of a veteran who unexpectedly reaches his zenith at 34 and a young man of 22 who can devour the future from now on. The losses of Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin open the forecast wide. Obviously, the Fuglsang thing sounds a lot weirder, and it matches the overwhelming performance of the entire Astana team. This campaign has won in Liege, Andalusia and Dauphiné, and has made podiums in Tirreno, Flecha Valona, Amstel and Strade Bianche.

Bernal is another story, that of a young man chosen to govern cycling in the big ones, who has already hunted two powerful pieces of the WorldTour: Paris-Nice and Switzerland. This course was going to lead the Ineos in the Giro, until a clavicle was broken in the previous days. The Tour came as an escort of Froome, but the absence of the African has made him climb a step in the ranks. With the number 1 will continue Geraint Thomas, the reigning champion, although his candidacy is a mystery for his recent fall and the lack of results in 2019 except his podium in Romandía. The Grande Boucle had not presented such an uncertain scenario for a long time and that opens up many paths. Also for Nairo, if the tone goes up. For Kruijswijk. For the French: Pinot and Bardet. And, why not, for the Spaniards: Landa, Valverde, Mas ... Hay Tour.



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