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Tour de France 2024 - The battle of the big 4

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It's like the Tennis big 4, then Remco is Andy Murray in this analogy please don't kill me @Red Rick
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Speaking of tennis, I've understood from Red Rick there's previously been a funny Novak situation going with another player than the famous one. In snooker, I've recently discovered there's now a young player called Ronnie Sullivan.
Doesn't matter, I'm completely immune. After all the "Nagal out of Roland Garros" and "Novak out of Australian Open" *** you won't get me no more. "Carlos Alcaraz to Juventus" was the last one that got me, but that one seemed really plausible.
 
Visma is clearly rushing Vingegaard because their season has been a completely disaster so far. They need Vingegaard to save their season but they are probably burning Vingegaard if he does the Tour.
WVA's shape is nowhere to be seen, how is Vingegaard supposed to be in competitive shape for the Tour? His base level was totally gone after his crash. Lost muscle, aerobic capacity, core strenght.
 
Visma is clearly rushing Vingegaard because their season has been a completely disaster so far. They need Vingegaard to save their season but they are probably burning Vingegaard if he does the Tour.
WVA's shape is nowhere to be seen, how is Vingegaard supposed to be in competitive shape for the Tour? His base level was totally gone after his crash. Lost muscle, aerobic capacity, core strenght.
Until now those takes are just assumptions. We have no proof they are doing that.

Van aert shape in Norway was quite decent.
 
The original source with the full Shane Stokes interview of Vingegaard's coach Tim Heemskerk

However any hopes that Vingegaard could quickly return to normal life were dashed. Heemskerk confirms media suggestions at the time that he was unable to return home.

He told Velo that the punctured lung Vingegaard suffered coupled with rigorous medical rules set by Denmark made taking a flight impossible.

[...]

Does Heemskerk rate his chances at 50-50, or how does he see it?

“That’s difficult, because I don’t really think like that,” he answers. “It’s day by day. It’s like, ‘what will come out of the numbers and the feeling and the feedback you get from Jonas today? What will be the new plan for tomorrow?’

“Basically, it’s like a bottom up process. Because we’ve done it in the past three Tours de Frances, where he was second, won and won, I do know what is needed. So in my mind, it’s like ‘okay, this is still the gap that’s there.’

[...]

But the goals remain high despite what has happened.

“Without forcing, what Richard Plugge said, he needs to be 100 percent,” he explained. “When Jonas goes to the Tour, he should go to win it. And if there are any doubts, Jonas will also feel it.
 
But not decent to contest any Tour's stage. This is the point. How can Vingegaard contest the gc if he is behind WVA's shape. And WVA is very far from his ceilling
How do you know that? Firstable you don't know how Van aert will develop in the next month until the Tour. Besides that, we don't know what will be the role of Van aert in the Tour. Probably he will not go there to win some stages, but to help Vingegaard and continue to develop his shape until the Olympics games.

Only Visma knows the condition of them and have acess to all the information about them. They are the most professional/best team in the peloton. They know what they are doing.

The comparation between Vingegaard and Van aert doesn't make sense, because there are a lot of different factors. One of them can recover more faster than the other, the other can have less severe injuries....each rider progress in a different way.
 
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