Jumbo Visma’s Wout Van Aert withdrew from the Belgium Nationwide Championships the place he was anticipated to defend his street race title because of a minor knee harm that has created some fear round his participation within the Tour de France, beginning in Denmark in simply over every week. Van Aert apparently banged his knee on his bars throughout a coaching journey, and it has led to minor soreness in his knee. Up to now, they’re billing his choice to skip Nats as a strategy to guarantee his Tour participation, and barring some important signs you possibly can most likely anticipate to see him in Copenhagen subsequent week. There was some pleasure round information that Wout might be free to chase after the Inexperienced Jersey, which he can be an honest guess to win. However whether or not he’s at his greatest or can keep within the race after placing his knee to work is the actual fear. Hope it’s nothing.
Anyway, the groups lining up for the Tour de France are inclined to announce lineups proper about now or very quickly. If you wish to comply with together with the adjustments, Twitter is (as regular) essentially the most quick for explicit selections, however you can even monitor the assorted adjustments at CyclingFever’s Tour Startlist, which they replace each day if no more. One other dependable supply is ProCyclingStat’s Tour Startlist, which additionally seems to be very updated (as they’re on many issues).
Jumbo’s eight-rider formation had been introduced earlier this week, and the massive information was dropping Rohan Dennis. Immediately, AG2R launched its crew and left off Greg Van Avermaet, preferring to emphasise climbers who can assist Ben O’Connor after watching the previous Olympic Gold Medalist wrestle within the climbs of the Dauphiné. Only a hunch that Van Avermaet was eyeing the Roubaix-area cobbles stage, however no person believes that may play out just like the spring traditional occasion, given the fairly well mannered nature of the cobbles secteurs concerned. Stan De Wulf obtained the crew’s closing spot, making his debut on the Grand Boucle.
One other rider on the sting proper now’s Max Schachmann, who examined constructive for COVID this week and can miss the Germany Nats, with a hope that he might be fantastic in time to start out in Copenhagen. His BORA Hansgrohe crew simply watched Alexander Vlasov drop out of the Tour de Suisse whereas within the total lead, a part of a COVID wave that decimated the race’s ranks. They’ve added Lennard Kämna to their provisional 10-rider checklist so each riders are tbd. Bahrain-Victorious misplaced Gino Mäder to COVID and have introduced that he received’t be making his Tour debut.
In the meantime, it’s time for one more Tour custom: new kits! Jumbo-Visma had introduced theirs earlier within the yr, and they’re fairly one thing.
LOVE. Now it seems to be like BORA have a particular version equipment out:
Reserving judgment however no complaints. I consider INEOS have a particular Tour equipment with extra white on it, however haven’t seen a picture but. Be at liberty so as to add extra in feedback. Thanks!