Targets of grand tour riders in 2020

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I really think it depends on the individual. Of course in the cycling world the Tour means (much) more, but in the general public it's a bit different, especially for someone from a country that's not super successful in the Olympics. For someone like Roglic, Carapaz or Bernal for example I assume it would be close if they'd be bigger heroes in their countries for winning the 2020 Tour or the Olympic road race.
For French, British, Spanish guys I suppose the Tour is more a priority.

But anyway, I'm not fully convinced the race will be won by a GC rider, and it would be foolish to go all in for Tokyo if you have a half-realistic chance to win the Tour (or Giro/Vuelta), so mostly I agree.

Simon Yates and Alejandro Valverde have made the Olympics a higher priority than the Tour.

Just like with the hilly/mountainous Worlds a similar Olympics is more likely to be won by a good one day races than a pure GC rider. Yes there is some overlap as Valverde and Nibali are good at both.
 
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So is the Tour's

Let's not pretend the Vuelta route is even close to as important for participation. It probably depends even more on Giro and Vuelta route than it does on the Vuelta route itself. Climbers see their shot at the Tour, Olympics or Worlds this year.
I agree, but at least the Tour route could be fixed pretty easy by adding a flat ITT that is a least mid length around stage 12 or so.
 
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Bernal will still need a bonus of a couple minutes going into the PdBF ITT to be safe. I think forumers are too hard on the TDF course as per usual, but we'll see.

Of course, if he's far and away the best climber it's over. But he wasn't last year. Only at high altitude. This time there's only one high altitude finish - although it may be the hardest paved MTF in France, but still, plenty of other low and medium altitude mountain stages where he could potentially lose time to other GC specialists.
 
Bernal will still need a bonus of a couple minutes going into the PdBF ITT to be safe. I think forumers are too hard on the TDF course as per usual, but we'll see.

Of course, if he's far and away the best climber it's over. But he wasn't last year. Only at high altitude. This time there's only one high altitude finish - although it may be the hardest paved MTF in France, but still, plenty of other low and medium altitude mountain stages where he could potentially lose time to other GC specialists.
Pacing of the route is an issue too. If you're good in the Alps you're good in the ITT too.
 
Bernal will still need a bonus of a couple minutes going into the PdBF ITT to be safe. I think forumers are too hard on the TDF course as per usual, but we'll see.

Of course, if he's far and away the best climber it's over. But he wasn't last year. Only at high altitude. This time there's only one high altitude finish - although it may be the hardest paved MTF in France, but still, plenty of other low and medium altitude mountain stages where he could potentially lose time to other GC specialists.
As an uphill mountain ITT he should be ok
 
Bernal will still need a bonus of a couple minutes going into the PdBF ITT to be safe. I think forumers are too hard on the TDF course as per usual, but we'll see.

Of course, if he's far and away the best climber it's over. But he wasn't last year. Only at high altitude. This time there's only one high altitude finish - although it may be the hardest paved MTF in France, but still, plenty of other low and medium altitude mountain stages where he could potentially lose time to other GC specialists.
Why?
two things are on his favor for that TT. In the third week is almost about recuperation or who has energy left and second it still has a good portion of mountain in it.
 
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So with the corona crisis, the entire cycling calendar was thrown into confusion. New dates for the big events have now been set and I really hope that everything can now take place as planned.
In the last few days you could read that some of the riders are setting their previous goals again. But some others confirmed their goals as well.

Here are the goals before the Corona crisis:

Giro: Nibali, Bardet, Fuglsang, S.Yates, Majka, Zakarin, Keldermann, G. Bennett, Formolo, Konrad, van Garderen, Schachmann, Evenepoel and Carapaz

Tour:
Bernal, Froome, Roglic, Dumoulin, Kruiswijk, Buchmann, Pinot, Lopez, Porte, Valverde, Mas, Quintana, Latour, Aru, Pogacar, Landa, Poels, Alaphilippe, Barguil, Dan Martin, Mollema, Woods, Uran and Thomas

What I heard is that Bardet has changed his target to the Tour de France.
Evenepoel confirmed the giro as his main target.
Jumbo confirmed that Dumoulin, Roglic and Kruiswijk are all going to the tour. Bennett will lead the giro.
Uran confirmes the tour.
Nibali confirmes the giro.
 
Ciccone will also be at the Giro with Nibali, even if I'm not sure if I'd already call him a gc rider at this stage.
Formolo has said that he'll ride the Tour instead of the Giro because of LBL and he has never ridden the Tour.
 

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