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Analysing Jumbo-Visma's 13-man Tour de France long list

LA ROCHESURFORON FRANCE SEPTEMBER 17 Tom Dumoulin of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 18 a 175km stage from Mribel to La Roche sur Foron 543m TDF2020 LeTour on September 17 2020 in La RochesurForon France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Who will surround Roglič at this year's Tour? (Image credit: Getty Images)

Jumbo-Visma typically announce their Tour de France line-up before the turn of the year but, unlike the last few seasons, the team have decided to take a different approach for 2022.

Primož Roglič and 2021 sensation Jonas Vingegaard are set to take two of the eight spots, while a further four riders will be announced at the team’s 2022 presentation next week. Wout Van Aert will take one of those spots as he targets the green jersey but the final two riders are set to be confirmed later in the spring. 

Cyclingnews looks over the 13-rider longlist and the riders in contention for a place come July as the team look to wrest the yellow jersey away from two-time winner Tadej Pogačar.

Primož Roglič

  • Age: 32
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Second in 2020, and three stage wins

Team Jumbo rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey crosses the finish line at the end of the 20th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race a time trial of 36 km between Lure and La Planche des Belles Filles on September 19 2020 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images

Roglič lost the yellow jersey on the penultimate day in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Roglič, having recently signed a new long-term contract that will tie him to the team until the end of 2025, is the first rider on the team sheet. The Slovenian remains the man most likely to end Pogačar’s reign and, despite UAE once again strengthening in the off-season, Jumbo-Visma's collective are narrowly ahead when it comes to depth.

Roglič's record as a stage racer is plain for all to see, and had he not crashed out of contention in 2021 the race would have been a much closer affair. That said, the Slovenian will head into July as the underdog to Pogačar. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, with all the pressure and expectation set to build between now and the Grand Départ in Copenhagen, but Roglič has everything in his locker to win.

Jonas Vingegaard

  • Age: 25 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Finished second in his first Tour de France

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 11th stage Sorgues - Malaucene 198,9 km - 07/07/2021 - Jonas Vingegaard (DEN - Jumbo - Visma) - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Vingegaard deputised for Roglič in 2021 with a breakthrough second place (Image credit: Luca Bettini/Bettini Photo)

Last year’s GC revelation is set to return to the Tour de France in a protected role after his surprise second place in 2021. Whether Vingegaard is given the same level of protection and support as Roglič remains to be seen but, between now and the Grand Départ in his Danish homeland, he will have ample chance to solidify his role. 

The route suits the 25-year-old but the opening week, as it proved last year, is fraught with pitfalls and obstacles. Having two leaders isn’t a bad position to be in at the start of a three-week if it’s managed professionally, but we also don’t know how Vingegaard will cope with the increased levels of pressure and expectancy that now rest on his shoulders.

His relationship with Roglič, which seems amicable, could be one of the most fascinating aspects in this year’s race. If the pair are both on form and try and gang up on Pogačar, it could be one of the best Tours we’ve had in recent years.

Wout van Aert

  • Age: 27 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Six stage wins in three years and a contender for the green jersey

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 21 and last stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 1084 km from Chatou to Paris in France Sunday 18 July 2021 This years Tour de France takes place from 26 June to 18 July 2021BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Van Aert won the bunch sprint in Paris in 2021 to make it three stage wins, alongside a time trial and a mountain stage (Image credit: David Stockman/Belga/AFP/Getty Images)

The Belgian will be at the start in Denmark and will line up as one of the favourites for the green jersey. A spell in the yellow jersey could be on the cards in the opening week given the early time trial and the cobbles that come on stage 5 but expect Van Aert to also play a valuable support role when required by his team. 

The Belgian has never come across as the selfish type, so assuming that he and his team management are on the same page, this could be yet another hugely successful Tour for the rider. If the GC challenge fails for any reason then there’s probably no better plan B than giving Van Aert complete freedom.

Rohan Dennis

  • Age: 31
  • Tours raced: 4
  • Tour pedigree: Just one finish, although he does have a stage and a yellow jersey on his palmarès

THYON 2000 LES COLLONS SWITZERLAND MAY 01 Rohan Dennis of Australia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Stage 4 a 1613km stage from Sion to Thyon 2000 Les Collons 2076m TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on May 01 2021 in Thyon 2000 Les Collons Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Dennis established himself as a top domestique while at Ineos (Image credit: Getty Images)

Dennis’ arrival from Ineos Grenadiers is a major coup for the Dutch team as they look to replace Tony Martin as their super-domestique for Grand Tours. Dennis is, of course, more than a domestique, and he has the capacity to target time trials and small stage races at various points in the calendar, but his role in the Tour de France will depend on a number of factors. 

A starting place isn’t guaranteed at this point and his record at the race contains just one finish from four starts. His last appearance ended in disarray when he left Bahrain-Merida mid-race and never pulled on their kit again. However, if Jumbo-Visma can manage his temperament then they have a world-class athlete at their disposal – see his support riding at the 2020 Giro d'Italia. With his focus last year being on the Olympics he didn’t get a ride in any of the Grand Tours, so there is an element of risk with any possible selection.

Robert Gesink

  • Age: 35 
  • Tours raced: 10 
  • Tour pedigree: A former GC contender, Gesink is now the team’s veteran road captain

LEKUNBERRI SPAIN OCTOBER 21 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey George Bennett of New Zealand and Team Jumbo Visma Tom Dumoulin of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma Robert Gesink of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 2 a 1516km stage from Pamplona to Lekunberri lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 21 2020 in Lekunberri Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Gesink on the front of the Jumbo grain at the 2020 Vuelta (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The legs might not be what they once were for a rider tipped as a potential winner during his heyday, but Gesink is nevertheless one of the most important riders on the team. His experience and calmness under pressure are vital for any potential Tour challenge, and his ability to shepherd leaders through both the medium and high mountains is almost second to none. 

He may not have the kick of Sepp Kuss but his diesel-like ability to churn out kilometre after kilometre will be invaluable when the team looks to either attack or defend. He’s been with Roglič for each of his Vuelta a España wins, so there’s clearly respect and chemistry there, too. One of the most experienced Grand Tour riders in the world.

Steven Kruijswijk

  • Age: 34 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Third in 2019 but has struggled for Grand Tour consistency in recent times

Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)

Kruijswijk finished third at the Tour in 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)

The experienced Dutchman might not be a viable plan B for leadership as he was at the start of 2020 when the team announced a trio of leaders, but he still has an important role to play when it comes to team responsibilities at the Tour. 

Like Gesink, the 34-year-old has an incredible mountain pedigree, and his 12th place in the Vuelta last year demonstrated that his consistency is still in check when he’s fit and healthy. Injuries and bad luck have plagued him for the last couple of years but Kruijswijk, who hasn’t won anywhere close to the number of races his talent carries, would still walk into every single WorldTour squad's Tour line-up.

Sepp Kuss

  • Age: 27 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Two impressive rides that include a 15th overall and a stage win last year

ANDORRELAVIEILLE ANDORRA JULY 11 Sepp Kuss of The United States and Team JumboVisma stage winner celebrates at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 15 a 1913km stage from Cret to AndorrelaVieille LeTour TDF2021 on July 11 2021 in AndorrelaVieille Andorra Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Kuss is one of the top pure climbers in the world (Image credit: Getty Images)

There has been talk of Kuss stepping up and leading a team in a Grand Tour but, assuming he doesn’t head to the Giro, the likely scenario will be that the American suits up for his typical super-domestique duties at the Tour before throwing his hat into the ring at the Vuelta a few weeks later. 

The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best pound-for-pound climbers in the world with some key performances in the last few seasons and, while Gesink and Kruijswijk are both durable, it’s Kuss who is likely to be one of the last riders with Roglič and potentially Vingegaard in the mountains. With George Bennett no longer on the team, there’s more wiggle room and responsibility for Kuss in the coming years.

Sam Oomen

  • Age: 26 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Yet to make his debut

BALCON DE ALICANTE SPAIN AUGUST 20 Sam Oomen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma reacts after crosses the finishing line in the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 7 a 152km stage from Ganda to Balcn de Alicante 995m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 20 2021 in Balcn de Alicante Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Oomen is a big talent but yet to make his Tour debut (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Oomen has raced both the Giro and the Vuelta and has a top 10 in his locker from back in 2018 when he helped Dumoulin to second overall in Italy. However, a Tour spot has eluded him, despite his obvious talents. 

It’s unlikely that Oomen is one of the six nailed-on starters at this point for the Tour and, with Dumoulin already targeting the Giro, the most plausible scenario is that Oomen links up with his former Sunweb leader for another tilt at the maglia rosa.

Tobias Foss

  • Age: 24 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Yet to make his debut

SESTOLA ITALY MAY 11 Tobias Foss of Norway and Team Jumbo Visma White Best Young Rider Jersey at start during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 4 a 187km stage from Piacenza to Sestola 1020m girodiitalia Giro UCIworldtour on May 11 2021 in Sestola Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Former Tour de l'Avenir winner Foss had a good Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia last year (Image credit: Getty Images)

The former Tour de l’Avenir winner had a breakthrough Giro in 2021 with ninth overall after George Bennett came down with an illness. The Norwegian looks like a solid Tour option for the coming years but the dilemma facing Jumbo-Visma will be whether the 24-year-old would learn more from racing for Dumoulin at the Giro or Roglič at the Tour.

With just one full Grand Tour under his belt, is he even ready for the Tour de France? There’s no point in rushing Foss at this point, so a Giro spot would make more sense.

Mike Teunissen

  • Age: 29 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Won two stages (one was part of a TTT victory) and wore yellow in 2019

Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 1 and takes the first yellow leader's jersey at the Tour de France

Teunissen had a stint in yellow in 2019 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Dutchman might not be an immediate candidate for a Tour de France spot but he’s certainly in the hunt given his track record and all-around ability. The former yellow jersey would be a crucial domestique in a tricky opening week when support around Roglič would be imperative, but it's Teunissen versatility that stands out.

The high mountains are not his forte but on flat roads, through crosswinds and the intermediate stages, he’s an ideal ally who can put himself at the full disposal of his teammates. If Van Aert needs any support going for green, then he should be there, too.

Tom Dumoulin

  • Age: 31
  • Tours raced: 6
  • Tour pedigree: Second overall in 2018 and three stage wins

Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 16th stage Grenoble - Meribel - Col de la Loze 170 km - 16/09/2020 - Tom Dumoulin (NED - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo POOL/BettiniPhoto©2020

Dumoulin will head to the Giro but could also ride the Tour (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The former Giro d’Italia winner is set to challenge for the maglia rosa once again this May but that doesn’t mean he’s not on the long list for the Tour de France. Even an 80 per cent Dumoulin would be an asset over three weeks, assuming he’s in the right frame of mind, but his place at the Tour would only be determined by his condition after his Giro d’Italia and whether Jumbo-Visma feel that the rider can take on back-to-back Grand Tours. 

The team have stood by Dumoulin every step of the way since his sabbatical in early 2021 and any decision over a possible Tour place would be made according to whatever the circumstances were. There’s no way Dumoulin would be rushed towards the Tour.

Christophe Laporte

  • Age: 29
  • Tours raced: 7
  • Tour pedigree: The Frenchman has raced every Tour de France since 2015

French Christophe Laporte of Cofidis celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Circuit de Wallonie one day cycling race 1942 km from Charleroi to Charleroi Thursday 13 May 2021 the third stage out of 9 of the Bingoal cycling cup BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Laporte is one of the team's new signings for 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Laporte might be a new arrival but that hasn’t stopped the Jumbo-Visma management from considering his availability for the Tour de France. The Frenchman has been a regular feature in his home Grand Tour every year since 2015 and, while he has come close on several occasions to winning a stage, he would be at the race in order to work and protect his leaders.

He doesn’t have the climbing pedigree of some of the other riders on this list but, during a difficult opening week, he could be crucial when it comes to keeping leaders safe and sound. Not one of the first names on the list but certainly an option.

Tiesj Benoot

  • Age: 27 
  • Tours raced:
  • Tour pedigree: Yet to win a stage but has come close over the years

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), caked in mud, wins the 2018 Strade Bianche

Benoot won Strade Bianche back in 2018 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Another newcomer but still a rider with a strong Tour back catalogue. A Tour spot would mean an entirely different role for Benoot, who has spent his time at Lotto Soudal and DSM attacking and hunting down stage wins. At Jumbo he would need to curtail those ambitions and focus almost entirely on Roglič and Vingegaard. 

That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing; a rider such as Michał Kwiatkowski – a stronger GC rider – has made a career out of focusing on the Classics and then supporting his GC teammates over three weeks. Benoot is a better climber than a few of the domestique options on this list, which puts him in the hunt.

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Daniel Benson

 Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.