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Tour de France 2024 - team line-ups

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Jumbo had a 2023 season with the first GT sweep in procycling and is now faced with a streak of accidents, mishaps, crashes affecting several riders.

Karma or Roglic's omen?

As much as I hated their domination in grand tours of 2023 (especially Vuelta team orders stuff) I kinda feel sorry for them now.

Also from personal perspective I want to have competitive TDF and not one man show (despite being his fan).
 
Regardless it is a blow if Vinge is by miracle in decent enough shape to challenge for the win.

I also suspect TJV is kinda desperate at the moment as TDF can represent saviour to their underwhelming season. It is going from bad to worse in 2024 for them.

I think they basically named their biggest stars who were fit enough to race, regardless of actual form. They don't have much choice.

It's not just about Vingegaard either (or Sepp Kuss), i.e. Laporte has been terrible since his illness in MSR but he's also on the startlist.

Visma has problems & I don't believe the last month in Tignes has been a miracle cure for their issues (& evidently not regarding Kuss).
 
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So no Sepp. It's a blow for JV and it means Jorgenson will have to work more for his leader. The most important piece of this puzzle (Vingo's real form) is still unknown though.

Plot twist: Jorgenson is the leader.

But the interesting part is they might need to show their cards early on, i.e. will Jorgenson ride for his own GC in what looks like dual leadership? Or will they sacrifice him for Vinge?

Without Kuss as a middle man of sorts i.e. a super dom for both, we might get an answer much sooner.
 
Disappointing to see Merlier out of the Tour team though I already expected it. This means that two of the three best sprinters in the world won't ride this year's Tour.

[[personal attack deleted]] Merlier has been riding almost continuously since February. With only very short rest periods. He rode the tough Giro, where he was successful. Afterwards, despite being tired, he also rode the Baloise Tour, winning two stages. In the meantime he has completely run out of steam, which was clear at the national, where he was beaten in the sprint by less strong sprinters. Sending him to the Tour in those circumstances would be medically and humanly unacceptable. And counterproductive, because after a few days he would already give up without a victory.
 
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I'd wager Vingegaard isn't in shape to contend for victory. Kuss wasn't in shape either.

The real 'blow' here is to the copium narrative whereby Visma would only select these riders if their condition is good. No. Kuss didn't just catch Corona in recent days, i.e. his form has ranged from unremarkable to downright bad since the beginning of the season.

The point isn't even about when he caught Covid but rather the fact Kuss had evidently no form last week & yet he was still named in the team. Maybe they thought he'd improve but clearly that hasn't happened.
The team let Kuss compete having Covid. This time it went wrong, in contrast to the Giro 23 where he (and Roglic) continued despite Covid. Then, he and Roglic recovered quickly. But it's always a bad idea to allow sick riders to ride, especially with Covid. Hopefully Kuss doesn't suffer the consequences for the rest of the season. There are already plenty of riders who have not reached their level for a long time due to long Covid.
 
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If Vingegaard is anywhere near the shape to contend for victory, this is an enormous blow. If Jorgenson isn't in superb shape they likely have nobody to drop Almeida, Ayuso or Yates, other than Vingegaard himself. That one top domestique to let the race totally explode is really important if you want to attack.
Keldermerckx dropped all UAE helpers on Tourmalet last year. No prob.
 
The main guy for Visma this years Tour edition is Matteo Jorgenson. Vingegaard will assume the position of super domestique and he will play the role of Roglic in the famous Granon stage to bait Pogacar, Roglic and Evenpoel into false attack.
 
The main guy for Visma this years Tour edition is Matteo Jorgenson. Vingegaard will assume the position of super domestique and he will play the role of Roglic in the famous Granon stage to bait Pogacar, Roglic and Evenpoel into false attack.

Except this time Pogacar has Almeida, Yates and Ayuso who will work and catch an attacker (even Vingo if he's not strong enough to be the leader). Rogla also has super-doms: Vlasov and Hindley. To sum up: a tactical attack against Pogacar or Roglic will be very unlikely to succeed.
 
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Plot twist: Jorgenson is the leader.

But the interesting part is they might need to show their cards early on, i.e. will Jorgenson ride for his own GC in what looks like dual leadership? Or will they sacrifice him for Vinge?

Without Kuss as a middle man of sorts i.e. a super dom for both, we might get an answer much sooner.
There’s just a couple stages in the first week that will require work, then nothing till stage 14. I don’t think they’ll need to burn anyone yet especially since Bora and Ineos will be basically co-teaming with them.