I repeat Keukeliere will not be racing if he was still affected by COVID19 - I heard the interview when he disclosed he thought he caught COVID 19 but he was never actually tested for the virus - He also stated his training numbers are back to normal.
I'm happy to see a breakthrough performance and result for Dani, but let's be honest, the rest of the team has been far from stellar and I'm still frustrated about the lack of participation in non-WT races as well as lack of good news regarding transfer market, not much has changed in the last few days.
Nonetheless, this is a first big stage race won by the team since 2014 so it speaks for itself that the team is able to take big wins again after a few years of struggling. Things used to be much worse, no doubt. It's just that I have had high expectations after the last 1.5 years.
My predicted TdF roster:
Martinez, Higuita, Uran, Woods, Kangert, Bettiol, Clarke, Keukeleire
We'll see how many I get right.
EDIT: I'm least sure about Woods. I think he could easilly be replaced by someone else, especially since he's leaving at the end of the year. I would honestly consider Guerreiro but he doesn't seem to be on the shortlist. It could be between Powless, Carthy and Van Garderen, but I think the plan for Carthy before the covid outbreak was to lead the Giro, Van Garderen has no form at all and I'm not convinced about Powless.
Who knows what their plan is for the remaining GT’s. It’s hard to question what might seem strange when we’ve been living in a bizarro strange world since COVId broke. It’s interesting that’s for sure.
I can't find info on PCS that Clarke and Cort are backups.
I'm also confused because EF appear to confirm riders one by one on their twitter and so far they've confirmed 2 out of 8- Uran and Higuita. Although the final roster may well be the same as on PCS, I would be surprised if it's already officially confirmed.