Sam Bennett will have to be fast and go full-gas within the next few weeks, to earn his spot in Bora‘s Tour line-up…
In Giro, it was all about 100% for the final GC for the team. In the Tour, it‘s four man team for Vlasov, four man team for Bennett. In the Vuelta, it‘s half team for Higuita, half team for breakaway or sprint stage wins.
If Bennett doesn‘t improve, I could imagine that Ralph does what he did to Ackermann last year, and exclude Bennett from the Tour squad. Then it could be half team for Vlasov, half team consisting of breakaway specialists like Kämna, Politt, Schachmann, Konrad or Pöstlberger.
I think you are interpreting a little bit to much in Bennetts Interview.
Vlasov will go for GC or stages depending on how he goes through the first week.
Politt and Schachmann are also 99% set for the Tour - because you need the German riders for the Tour to get the exposure in the home country. I think that's also the reason why they think about bringing even Kämna to the race and why the started Buchmann in the last two years although he wasn't ready to perform. Both or all 3 riders will support the team and go for stages. When you are not in the breakaway you can do other stuff and the terrain on which those guys can be successful is very different.
With Konrad and Großschartner it could be more of the same although those two could more come into a mountain domestique situation if needed. I think both of those have to show form in the dauphine and suisse to be brought to the Tour but I would say it's likely.
Then there is the questions with the Sprints. It's possible that Denk also cuts Bennett but I would say unlikely at this moment. He's clearly not in form, but leaving him out of the tour and getting the third problem with a sprinter in almost as many years wouldn't be wise. The Giro clearly in one way released the pressure from leadership to go all in on every GC but it also raised the pressure to confirm that it wasn't a one time fluke.
The realistic option I guess is Bennett with a short(ish) Sprint train. Archbold has no business being in any tour the france line up. Mullen and Haller could be also great option for the tour as the seem to being good form.
Last but not least: van Poppel should be a lock even. without Bennett there. He's one of the best riders in the team and get you results in a broad set of stages. All in all a full sprint train for Bennett is a fever dream not more.