Tour favorites are sharpening a month from the start


One month after the start of 109th edition of the Tour de France in Copenhagenthe main names of the platoon, such as the Slovenians Tadej Pogacar and Primoz RoglicThe Spanish Enrique More or the Colombian Nairo Quintanafinishes their preparation at altitude concentrations and participates in races where they can assess their fitness.

In Giro’s memory, the next exams that will serve as a test bench for Tour candidates are the Dauphiné (from June 5 to 12), the Tour in Switzerland (from 12 to 19), the Occitanie Route (from 16 to 10) or the Slovenia Tour (from 15 to 19)

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), a double winner of the Tour de France, won at Strade Bianche and at Tirreno-Adriatico and in the spring could not defend the victories of Liège Bastogne Liège. He has not dived since Flecha Wallona.

The Slovenian toured some of the Tour de France’s climbs, such as Galibier, with some teammates and later took refuge in Livigno, Italy, an altitude training ground in the warm weather that highly appreciated by some cyclists.

Before the Tour Pogacar will run tour of slovenia from June 15 to 19, where he will defend his title.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), retired from the Tour in 2021 and second in 2020, chose the roads of the Sierra Nevada, where a large part of the team went, along with Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard, second last year.

Winner of Paris-Nice in March, Roglič ran for the last time in Itzulia, Tour of the Basque Country, in April, where he was eighth.

Most Jumbo-Visma riders are in Criterium du Dauphine starting this weekend, while Sepp Kuss will compete in the Tour de Suisse at the end of June.

The Spanish Enrique More (Movistar) will aim for the Tour podium in what is its fourth participation. He was fifth in 2020 and sixth last year, the Spaniard will test himself on dauphine starting on Sunday.

Mas took advantage of the last few weeks to explore the main stages of the Tour. Last month, Mas and several key teammates visited the finals to be featured in the Pyrenees on this year’s Tour.

But he did not win this year, this year he was fourth in Volta a Valenciana and ninth in Itzulia. He last ran to Liege, where he was twelfth.

Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) chose the high roads of his country. The former Movistar rider, twice second on the Tour and once third, as well as winner of the Giro and Vuelta, has recovered from injuries that forced him to leave the Tour of Turkey in April and board the Route of Occitanie from June 16 to 19 in his lone career.

Earlier this season, Quintana won the Tour de Provence and the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes, and was fifth in Paris-Nice and fourth in Volta a Catalunya.

Source: La Verdad


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