Jumbo-Visma expose weaknesses in Team Ineos' Tour de France plans

BEZIERS FRANCE AUGUST 01 Christopher Froome of The United Kingdom and Team Ineos Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain and Team Ineos Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team Ineos during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 1 a 187km stage from Saint Affrique to Cazouls ls Bziers RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 01 2020 in Beziers France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
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Egan Bernal may not appear overly concerned with his form ahead of the Tour de France, but after finishing behind Primož Roglič in the Tour de l’Ain and seeing his team routinely outclassed by Jumbo-Visma, the defending Tour de France champion has plenty to ponder ahead of this week’s Critérium du Dauphiné. 

The outlook within the Ineos camp will be far from bleak, but the stark reality is that Jumbo-Visma outmuscled and outclassed them in virtually every department during the three-day test in France, and at no point did the Ineos trifecta of Bernal, Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas look close to their very best. Just look at the stats: Roglic won two stages and the overall, while his team had three riders in the top five. Thomas and Froome played domestique roles, but they finished 21 and 26 minutes off the pace, respectively.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he 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 ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.