How do riders rebound from the Tour de France to be in top shape for the Vuelta a España just four weeks later?
It’s a conundrum top teams were chewing for some time.
And it turns out the answer is all about how hard a rider pedals into Paris.
“Riders and teams talk about how you finish a grand tour. You see guys that are finishing grand tours and their performance is visibly degrading. Then you can see other guys that are visibly getting better relative to the rest of the peloton as the grand tour goes on,” Joe Dombrowski told VeloNews .
“That has a big impact on how you start the next grand tour.” Doing a double begins with number one
Vingegaard and Van Aert ended the Tour on a tear but burnt out mentally. Doing the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double is deemed one of the most demanding feats in modern pro cycling. Backing the Vuelta onto the Tour is little less leg-sapping.
Primož Roglič made converting Tour defeat into Vuelta triumph his “thing” in the past two years, and so Jumbo-Visma knows well how to tune its workhorses for two grand tours in one summer.“Their recovery for the Vuelta all depends on how they finish the Tour de France,” Jumbo-Visma trainer Mathieu Heijboer told VeloNews .“When you look now at Jonas [Vingegaard] or Wout [van Aert], they finished this year’s Tour really well – you could see that in the stage 20 TT. But mentally they were exhausted because of […]