The Broken Tridents Tour

The Ineos-Jumbo duel continues, but without their tridents, which were nicked until they broke, and with their two leaders involved in doubts: Bernal and Roglic.


The July Tour will be, for once, the September Tour. Two months after its original dates, and a month after Burgos relaunched the new calendar, the Grande Boucle will begin this Saturday to roll with extreme caution in Nice, a place full of symbolism, because that is where cycling stopped walking in spring because of the pandemic, with the suspension of the last stage of the Paris-Nice. Since that unsuccessful March 15, 167 days have passed. And many other things. The virus has not yet been controlled. In fact, the French government has declared a red alert in the Alpes-Maritimes. Unlike then, and despite the sensitive situation, the world now has greater knowledge to combat the pathogen. And life must go on. With all due caution.

The Tour starts like this under strict sanitary control, but with the same stages and almost the same favorites that it would have hosted in its old days. During the preceding weeks there was much talk about two powerful tridents that were going to collide in the French round: Ineos against Jumbo. The squad duel will continue, but without those tridents, which were nicked until they broke. Number 1, Egan Bernal, will not have the other two champions, Froome and Thomas, by his side, although he will have Carapaz, who came in to tuck him in in case he suffers from his complaining back. And the challenger Roglic, equally battered by a crash at the Dauphiné, has lost Kruijswijk, podium in 2019, who broke a shoulder in the same race, but beats the reborn Dumoulin. Movistar does come with his new trident, although with the doubt whether he will play in the same league: Valverde, Enric Mas and Soler. To change the main script, Pinot, Pogacar, Alaphilippe, Superman, Buchmann, Nairo, Bardet ... And, of course, Mikel Landa, who starts again as the best Spanish candidate. Landism vs. Tridents.

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