To support Roglič in his declared aim of winning next year’s Tour de France, the German team have added to its impressive roster of support riders – which potentially includes Giro winner Jai Hindley and reigning German road race champion Emanuel Buchmann – by bringing in the excellent Colombian climber Daniel Martinez, from Ineos Grenadiers.
Another big transfer, though not a blockbuster, was Mikel Landa’s move from Bahrain Victorious to Soudal-QuickStep, to bolster the chances of Soudal’s leader Remco Evenepoel on the steep Grand Tour climbs he has so far been unable to master. Evenepoel has declared that he wants to win the Tour de France next year, but his decision to ride in the race has been met by an avalanche of doubt about his ability to win it, including from his boss, Soudal-QuickStep general manager Patrick Lefevere.
“We still have doubts about the exact level he can reach in the Tour de France against guys like [Jonas] Vingegaard and Pogačar,” Lefevere said. And next year’s Tour looks to be one of the most difficult in this century, which suits both two-time Tour winners, but not Evenepoel. Perhaps that will dissuade the Belgian 2023 world time trial champion from tackling the Tour. Or perhaps he is already hatching another plan.
One of the interesting aspects of this transfer season has so far been Ineos Grenadiers’ lack of activity on the rider market, having so far hired only two new riders, the lowest by far of all the major teams. This is […]