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Jeez, how will they schedule Dumoulin, Roglic and Kruijswijk? I think they will play with two leaders at the Tour (probably Dumoulin and Roglic) giving Kruijswijk leadership at the Giro (and possibly domestique role at the Tour). Not sure about Vuelta (maybe Kruijsvijk provided that no Tour for him and maybe one of the other two in case of TdF fiasco).
 
I am increasingly baffled about what they plan to do with Groenewegen. It seems increasingly like a Cav at Sky situation. Big star, from the right country, suddenly doesn’t seem like a good fit with team’s strategic priorities. Teams that are deadly serious about winning GTs are not well placed to maximize the results of a sprinter, even more so a sprinter who is quite train reliant. It’s not as if Groenewegen is a McEwen type sprinter, happy to surf wheels by himself.
Plus he is JUST a sprinter. They have Van Aert and Teunissen who won sprint stages, but are much more allround riders and can be used as helpers. Groenewegen is a win machine, but is useless outside the last 200 meters. If he manages to get there in the first place. In a GT oriented squad he is basically a minus 1. And taking him to the Tour would only be justified if he won like 4 or 5 stages (Kittel, Cav, Greipel in their prime). But he is left behind on the smallest of speedbumps, in crosswinds, everywhere. Don't get me wrong. I like Dylan. But if you want to win the Tour... he probably isn't the rider to take.
 
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They won the Vuelta.
A possible Giro win is of relevance but the big prize is definitely the TdF. Thus I think they should go to the Tour with a peak Dumoulin, peak Roglic pairing, with no Groenewegen at all.

Giro: Kruijswijk, Bennett, Groenewegen
Tour: Dumoulin, Roglic, Kruijswijk, De Plus, Kuss, Gesink, Van Aert, Tony Martin
Vuelta: Dumoulin and/or Roglic + Bennett
 
They won the Vuelta.
A possible Giro win is of relevance but the big prize is definitely the TdF. Thus I think they should go to the Tour with a peak Dumoulin, peak Roglic pairing, with no Groenewegen at all.

Giro: Kruijswijk, Bennett, Groenewegen
Tour: Dumoulin, Roglic, Kruijswijk, De Plus, Kuss, Gesink, Van Aert, Tony Martin
Vuelta: Dumoulin and/or Roglic + Bennett
Not so sure about Kuss & Gesink for the Tour. Kuss might have his own ambitions for the smaller races or Giro/Vuelta and I think Vingegaard, Foss and Tolhoek are all better climbers next year than Gesink.
 
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Not so sure about Kuss & Gesink for the Tour. Kuss might have his own ambitions for the smaller races or Giro/Vuelta and I think Vingegaard, Foss and Tolhoek are all better climbers next year than Gesink.
Kuss is not in a position yet where he can go after his own ambitions. As for Gesink, perhaps some of the younger lads will be a bit better, but experience is often key in a GT, so I would select him instead of another young prodigy 10 out of 10 times.
 
They won the Vuelta.
A possible Giro win is of relevance but the big prize is definitely the TdF. Thus I think they should go to the Tour with a peak Dumoulin, peak Roglic pairing, with no Groenewegen at all.

Giro: Kruijswijk, Bennett, Groenewegen
Tour: Dumoulin, Roglic, Kruijswijk, De Plus, Kuss, Gesink, Van Aert, Tony Martin
Vuelta: Dumoulin and/or Roglic + Bennett
This I agree with.
 

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