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Bradley Wiggins is set to publish a book this week, detailing 21 of his cycling icons, one of whom is Lance Armstrong. Wiggins has been quoted in the press as saying that Lance is the “perfect winner” of the race, a position justified by saying that he embodies the ideals of the founder of the Tour, a super athlete who could overcome everyone and everything”. What do you think about Wiggins' comments?
The route of the 2019 Tour de France was announced last week and it looks like one for the climbers. 3 summit finishes at over 2000m bring an ability to cope with altitude into the mix for the contenders. The route also has a record number of classified mountains, although more tricky cat 2s and cat 1s than the biggest HC.
Fewer kms of time trials, 2 short individual ones and a short team time trial complete the mix. It looks like the organisers have done what they can to create an unpredictable race, something clearly high on their agenda as Race director Christian Prudhomme even reaffirmed his call for a ban on power meters. Unfortunately, it’s out of his hands, but his voice now leads a sizeable chorus.
It also looks as if a change is happening at Team Sunweb, as last week saw further departures in the way of coaches Morten Bennekou and Adriaan Helmantel. This follows in the wake of Edward Theuns terminating his contract early, Simon Geschke ending his 10-year association with the team and grand tour veteran Laurens Ten Dam moving onwards as well. Could so much change prove detrimental for the ambitions of team leader Tom Dumoulin, especially with 2019’s Tour de France course looking less appealing with each glance of the parcours and the loss of experiences teammates? In a world of high profile, high-value signings, team structure is often overlooked as a key to success, so hopefully, this doesn’t rock the boat too much.
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