For the second year in a row, the three top contenders for the Tour de France won’t face each other in a preparatory June race.
Jumbo-Visma have just capped off yet another one-two this season with Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard at the Critérium du Dauphiné while two-time defending Tour champion Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) will once again warm-up at his home Tour of Slovenia. Off in Switzerland, the Ineos Grenadiers (whose riders we’ll lump in together as a collective force and challenger) will take their strongest GC hopes to the Tour de Suisse.
But why? What’s the reason for the lack of pre-Tour tête-à-tête? Directly asking the protagonists this question would is about as useful as asking them if they thought they were going to win the yellow jersey, so instead here are an assortment of theories . Some believable, some slightly more spurious, and some actually based in fact – who’d have thought! An extra altitude camp post-Dauphiné for Jumbo-Visma
Okay, let’s get the facts out of the way soo we can instead spend time ruminating with guesses as to why the Tour contenders have developed a June ick for each other.
Having already completed a training camp at altitude in Sierra Nevada, Spain in the run-up to the Dauphiné, Jumbo-Visma’s squad from that race (which will likely form the bulk of their Tour team) will now return to altitude with two and a half weeks to go until the Grand Départ in Denmark.
With the Tour de Suisse running from […]