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Is it a contract thing, I wonder? He‘s not signing an extension, so someone who is staying gets the spot? It’s the only (non injury or Covid) reason I can think of, but there are other guys in the Tour squad who also aren’t likely to extend, so maybe not.
yeah, I was thinking the same, but Kristoff is basically confirmed to leave as well - and not lining up someone for that reason only really made sense when riders were still taking their points with them.

And Hermans had issues before all of his highlights so far this year. Corona before the CX worlds, sick right before the Ardennes, crash the day before the Belgium Tour - so it's not unthinkable that sth stupid happened again.
 
Bitter about a refusal to extend his contract? Or some internal discipline thing like most of the DSM squabbles?
He is going to Alpecin.

yeah, I was thinking the same, but Kristoff is basically confirmed to leave as well - and not lining up someone for that reason only really made sense when riders were still taking their points with them.

And Hermans had issues before all of his highlights so far this year. Corona before the CX worlds, sick right before the Ardennes, crash the day before the Belgium Tour - so it's not unthinkable that sth stupid happened again.
Hermans already said it has to do with him leaving. He was ready to take a fligh to Copenhagen tmrw but got a call just before they announced their squad that he wasn't being selected. He is pretty pissed.
 
yeah, I was thinking the same, but Kristoff is basically confirmed to leave as well - and not lining up someone for that reason only really made sense when riders were still taking their points with them.

And Hermans had issues before all of his highlights so far this year. Corona before the CX worlds, sick right before the Ardennes, crash the day before the Belgium Tour - so it's not unthinkable that sth stupid happened again.
I see from wielerflits that Hermans says it was a last second change, communicated to him on Monday, and that it was about him leaving and supposedly “changing the atmosphere”. He is clearly very pissed off.
 
For us cycling geeks, those EF last minute roster announcements are bad publicity. We'll probably get the press release on the first rest day.

This Tour EF will ride in another ugly duck shirt designed by Palace, like the Giro one in 2020.
I believe a team can only have an alternative jersey once a year (whether that be for 1 day or 21, or anywhere inbetween): they have already done their swap for this year.
 
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Quinten Hermans furious: "It is not clear to me why I am not allowed to go to the Tour de France"

 
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There's another interview with Hermans in his local newspaper Het Belang van Limburg today. He says it must have been a decision of the management (Visbeek and Bourlart), not the team. Guys who work with him like Piva, van der Schueren or Wellens would know that he always gives 100%, and when he called them yesterday, they hadn't even heard about his non-participation yet.

 
No surprises really in the Ineos team given Kwiat’s injuries. A strong solid team very effective for first week. Lacking the major favourite but if Thomas stays on his bike he’s a decent podium shout given his pedigree and Martinez could be an effective foil especially if he finds his form like last year’s giro in time for the Alps
 
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