Tour de France – Christophe Laporte: “I’ll have to prove myself”

The team Jumbo Visma he has never won a single one Tour de France. However, the Dutch team, led by Richard Plugge, is without a doubt the highlight of the peloton, ten days before the Grand Departure from Copenhagen. He Jumbo Visma just unveiled yesterday (Tuesday) his composition for the Tour, with inevitable headliners Primoz Roglic, Jonas Vingegaard i Van Aert Road. The Dutch Cerberus, beloved by the media, actually hides a real eight-headed hydra, which depends on both its 2022 recruits and its long-serving lieutenants. As an appetizer for the biggest of the Grands Voltes, the team with the yellow and black jersey – which this year points to the yellow and green jersey – has published on its website the reactions of the five most riders it has selected to try to complete its main objectives.

Video: Laporte has integrated well into the Jumbo-Visma staff!

Steven Kruijswijk: “The Alpe d’Huez is a mythical mountain”

At 35, Steven Kruijswijk will play a 7th Great loop in race, the 5th between bees (yellow and black jersey) of Jumbo Visma : “I am very excited to participate. Every participation in the Tour is exceptional. I am excited to participate in the Tour de France with this team. I want to contribute to the team’s ambitions to get the yellow and green jersey. Jersey, especially in the second and third week. Then he will come up and help Primoz and Jonas as much as possible. “ The man in the top 5 of the three Grand Tours is used to sublimating himself on the French tracks anyway.

If he seems to steal the role of road captain from the veteran Robert Gesink (36 years old), absent from the selection, the fault is probably his renewed form observed in recent Criterium Dauphinewhich goes with renewed enthusiasm: “I’m especially delighted with the Alpe d’Huez stage. It’s a mythical mountain. I have good and less good memories of it. Climbing a hill with a lot of people next to me is always special, especially if you go ahead. Of the race.” .. On the 3rd of Tour 2019 in any case he will devote himself entirely to his two talented leaders.

Nathan Van Hooydonck: “I have earned the trust of Primoz”

The surprise of the selection is certainly the roller Nathan VanHooydonck (26), nephew ofEdwig Van Hooydonckwhere the most experienced could be expected Rohan Dennisdouble time trial world champion in 2018 and 2019 and confirmed lieutenant ofINEOS Grenadiers : “It’s a childhood dream come true and a milestone in my career. Especially in this team, it’s one of the most coveted places in the peloton. I’ve worked very hard with myself, with myself and in my physical condition during the last weeks to be able to support our three leaders as best we can. “

The young Belgian still represents a choice that makes sense, given his history with Jumbo Vismawhich was only incorporated in 2021: “Last year I won Primoz’s confidence in the Vuelta and this year I increased it in Paris-Nice. I also owe my selection to my good spring. I don’t want to see this as a reward but as a merit. And that the team gives me recognition. As for the team’s ambitions, there’s a lot of pressure on their shoulders. The first week is already full of events, with a lot of dangerous points. C “It’s up to me to make sure- us that the team surpasses them well. I will also work in the early stages, if necessary. I will support the team wherever I can, for as long as possible. “

Tiesj Benoot: “I hope to be an important added value”

Tiesj Benootone of the team’s star recruits Jumbo Visma in 2022, he also overcame the difficult stage of selection: “Especially because it’s just my first year with the team. I’m really looking forward to it. The last few races have gone well, I’m sure and now we look forward to the most important goal of the year.” I’m going to focus on the process and I’ll shoot as well as I can. We aim to achieve the best possible result and I hope to play an important role in achieving this. During the first week, I have the important task of keeping the leaders out of trouble and bringing them back safely before we head to the mountains. I hope to be an important added value at this level. “

More classic, the selection of Sepp Kuss Nor was it a prior conclusion, at least from an off-team perspective: “I am very happy to take part in my third Tour de France. I have very good memories of previous editions. One of the most memorable is always being part of a very strong team and this year is no different.” The Dutchman was one of the pilots sent to the Tour of Switzerlandwithdrawn from the test before the high mountain stages, which explains the level of form of the brilliant companion of Roglic in the mountains it is still quite vague in the eyes of observers.

Christophe Laporte: “I will have to prove myself”

Another flagship debutant, the Frenchman Christopher Laporte spoke: “I’m very happy with my team. We’re going to the Tour de France with a great team. I had indicated that I would like to do the Tour, but we have so many good drivers on the team that I really had to win. My place in the team. I’m glad I won the team’s trust and now I have to prove myself. We have a lot of goals. I will be able to help Primoz and Jonas. Especially the first week. Then, “we will run on the roads that suit me. . And I will attend Wout in the sprints throughout the Tour. We’ve done almost all of our races together since the start of the season. We have connection. “

Claimed by Van Aert Roadwith whom he had shared his first World Tour victory Paris-Nicethe old team puncher Cofidis said: “It’s very special. As a Frenchman, it’s important to be able to do the Tour and I’m delighted to have this opportunity. It’s also an honor to be selected to do the Tour by such a great team with great goals.” The Varois will have to become a luxury partner again, a status that a good part of the staff bee he seems to accept, as he had been able to do especially in the latter Criterium Dauphinealthough his followers hope to see him try his luck at least once during the three weeks of celebration and pain of the Tour de France.

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