The Jumbo wants to find a way to overthrow Pogacar

Merijn Zeeman, director of the Dutch team, tells Cyclingnews that finding a way to beat Tadej Pogacar on the Tour is his biggest challenge.


One of the sports directors of the Jumbo-Visma, Merijn Zeeman, spoke to Cyclingnews to explain that “finding a way to beat Tadej Pogacar (UAE) in the Tour de France is the biggest challenge” faced by the Dutch team and its rivals in the coming years.

For the second consecutive year, the Jumbo-Visma placed a rider as second place in the Grande Boucle, as Pogacar repeated the title. In 2020 he could with Primoz Roglic. In 2021, with Jonas Vingegaard. At just 22 years old, the Slovenian seems capable of dominating the race for the next decade, but the Jumbo-Visma is "determined to return in 2022 with Primoz Roglic as the leader in pursuit of the yellow jersey."

Jonas Vingegaard, a surprising second at 24, is ready to "take on captain responsibilities in the three-week rounds," according to Zeeman, and will push to share gallons with Roglic in 2022, on a Tour that kicks off in his native Denmark next summer. .

“It's too early to say what Jonas's schedule will be next season, but let's make it clear that we already believed in him and that's why we extended his contract and gave him a high-potential program to develop him as a leader. He was the boss at Coppi & Bartai and he was the shadow leader in the Basque Country behind Roglic ”, Zeeman told Cyclingnews, which reconfirmed the main role of Roglic, 31, who will seek his third champion trophy in the Vuelta: “Primoz is above the others within the Jumbo-Visma. We saw at the Games what it can do. Mind you, we need to find a way to beat Pogačar. ”

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