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Sport Van Aert and Dumoulin stunned as Tour de France slips through Jumbo-Visma's fingers

23:20  19 september  2020
23:20  19 september  2020 Source:   cyclingnews.com

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Primož Roglič ( Jumbo - Visma ) rides to the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles (Image credit: Bettini Photo).

Kruijswijk out of Jumbo - Visma Tour de France team with fractured shoulder. Van Aert spent the rest of the Dauphiné pulling the peloton on the flat, through the medium mountains and even over high mountains. If so, Roglič and Dumoulin couldn’t hope for a better all-round domestique. A true luxury.

a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 20th stage Lure - La Planche des Belles Filles 36.2 km - 19/09/2020 - Primoz Roglic (SLO - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo POOL/BettiniPhoto©2020 © Provided by Cycling News Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 20th stage Lure - La Planche des Belles Filles 36.2 km - 19/09/2020 - Primoz Roglic (SLO - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo POOL/BettiniPhoto©2020

Everything seemed to be going right for Jumbo-Visma in the Tour de France until Saturday evening; the team won three stages and led the race for 11 days, with Primož Roglič going into the stage 20 time trial - his speciality - with almost a minute's lead over his compatriot Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).

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In December, Jumbo - Visma took the rare decision to announce their Tour de France team, and while the world has irrevocably changed in the intervening Jumbo - Visma ' s eight chosen riders include a powerful three-pronged GC attack of Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk that seems

Roglič's teammates Wout van Aert and then Tom Dumoulin set the fastest times on the 36.2km course that undulated before pitching up to the summit of La Planche des Belles Filles. But after Roglič went down the start ramp it became increasingly clear that his race was going off the rails and he lost ground on Pogacar on the flats and up the climb.

Van Aert, who'd put in a spectacular performances in service of his Slovenian team leader and finished fourth in the time trial, couldn't hide his disappointment that the team would not be bringing home the overall Tour de France victory.

"It is very difficult to give this up at the last minute," a dejected Van Aert told NOS.nl. "We are very disappointed. Everything went perfectly, actually, we worked very hard for it and there was nothing to indicate that it would go wrong today."

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Wout van Aert follows Jumbo - Visma teammate Tony Martin on the opening stage of the 2020 Tour de France in Nice (Image credit: Bettini Photo). Despite crashing earlier on the stage, the Belgian said that he was just happy that he and Jumbo - Visma team leaders Primož Roglič and Tom Dumoulin

Tour de France leader Tadej Pogacar and World Champion Mads Pedersen on stage 21 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport). QuickStep took it through the underpass beneath the Tuileries gardens, and Kasper Asgreen led all the way along the Rue de Rivoli. Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo - Visma .

The side-by-side comparison of Roglič and Pogačar on the television split screen was stark: Pogačar, after switching seamlessly from his time trial to climbing bike, looked fluid and powerful as he flew up the final climb. Roglič looked stiff, his usual metronomic pedal stroke unsteady as he climbed out of the saddle then sat back down.

"It hurt my eyes how Primož got more and more into difficulty," Van Aert said. "It didn't look as smooth as usual, he missed that cadence.

"And before the start, it all looked so good. But it is a combination of Pogačar that rode really fantastic while Primož did not reach his normal level that ensures this result. We went all out every day. We gave everything and did everything perfectly. We were ready to celebrate, so to speak."

Tom Dumoulin, second to Pogačar in the time trial, was stunned at how fast the UAE Team Emirates rider went up the final ascent.

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Jumbo - Visma ’ s Wout van Aert wins the opening stage of the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné. The Belgian will be a key part of the Tour de France squad to support Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin (Image credit: Getty Images Sport).

Wout van Aert leads the Jumbo - Visma training ride at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images). The Dutch team line up with Primož Roglič and Tom Dumoulin in their ranks, but Van Aert ' s incredible form has raised questions over whether he could mount a challenge for the green

"What can I say? It happened. I don't know how Pogacar climbed a minute faster than I did," Dumoulin said. "We hadn't taken this into account, this is quite a blow. The Tour win slips from our hands. I rode well again, but that doesn't matter anymore.

"Pogacar was too strong today. He was at a completely different level than we were. Primoz felt good, he knew he had to put down a good time trial. He hasn't ridden his best, but it certainly wasn't bad either. We expected it to be enough."


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