Roglic gives the Tour to Dumoulin: "My dream is to win the Tour ..."

The Slovenian, after making a podium in the Italian round and winning the Tour, believes it is time to assault the Grande Boucle: "The Tour is the biggest race".


Augmented the stars in the Jumbo-Visma 2020, the objectives are divided. At least that seems to think Primoz Roglic, current winner of the Tour of Spain, after his last statements granted to the Cyclingnews portal. The Slovenian, when analyzing the brand new signing of Tom Dumoulin by the Dutch squad for next season, considers the next tour of the Tour of Italy favorable for his partner as he plans to be head of ranks in the Tour de France.

"I haven't had time to study the routes in detail, but yes, the Giro has three counter-clockworks and should be fine for me, but maybe, if I think about it more, it's even better for Tom. I still don't consider myself a specialist in real time trial, although it is true that I can do well and I am better than the less specialized, "Roglic explained in Cyclingnews. It should be remembered that Dumoulin was absent for his battered knee in the great laps of 2019, so his comeback in terms of performance for three weeks is a mystery. In this sense, being the Dutch a great specialist against the chrono, perhaps a trip like the one of the Italian round with three chronos (58 km in total) is more convenient, since in the Tour it would barely count on the La Planche des chronoescalada Belles Filles (stage 20), and this one presents a more favorable profile for climbers.

Before this panorama, Roglic showed that his planning will be focused on the Tour, his main objective of the season. After the third place of the Giro and the conquest of the Vuelta, the Slovenian considers that his time has come to assault the Grande Boucle: "I cannot say now what I will definitely do, but I want to win the Tour. It is the biggest race, and now , as someone capable of winning a great lap and with the good third place in the Giro, the dream is to win the Tour. I can save time in a time trial in the Tour, but if I am healthy and everything is fine, I do not have problems in the high mountain. As always, the best results bring more expectations. Now I also have more responsibility, but it doesn't matter, I will work hard and see how it goes next year. "

If we compare the performance to date between Dumoulin and Roglic in the French round, the Dutchman wins. Tom climbed to the second step of the podium in 2018 after Geraint Thomas, an experience on the Champs Elysees that Roglic still doesn't know. Its best result is a fourth place, precisely in the 2018 edition. Jumbo-Visma must distribute roles and objectives to satisfy all its stars in 2020, but it seems that Roglic has taken the lead ...



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