While Primož Roglič remains on track to challenge for the yellow jersey in this year’s Tour de France , his Jumbo-Visma team director has acknowledged that the opposition the Slovenian will face has stepped up another level in the last 12 months.
Along with the defending champion Tadej Pogačar, the Dutch squad will take on a rejuvenated Ineos Grenadiers team that has recently won the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Suisse and Giro d’Italia.
According to Roglič’s directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman, several teams now have stronger overall contenders, while the depth within the peloton has improved in recent months, with more and more riders seemingly able to make impressive efforts in the mountains.
While Roglič has chosen to train rather than race over the last few months, the rest of the Jumbo team have struggled to match the dominant pre-Tour de France displays they made last year. The team have not taken a win since April’s Amstel Gold Race, and while there are mitigating circumstances – such as Roglič’s absence and the illness of Wout van Aert – Zeeman is still confident that the team remain on track.
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"The team is shaping up well," Zeeman told Cyclingnews.
"Primož is obviously in the middle of a big training period and that’s going well […]