Philippa York: Jumbo-Visma’s Project Fear strikes at the Tour de France

Team Jumbo rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic R rides during the 6th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 191 km between Le Teil and Mont Aigoual on September 3 2020 Photo by Marco Bertorello AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images
After first six stages of 2020 Tour de France, Jumbo-Visma has Primoz Roglic sitting second in GC and Tom Dumoulin sixth overall (Image credit: Getty Images)

It must be strange for Ineos Grenadiers to be chasing the Tour de France after the first mountains are finished. Aside from last year, when Julian Alaphilippe had everyone snapping at his heels, Ineos are usually a dominant force at or near the top of the general classification, have won a stage and sown panic in the peloton as soon as they massed at the front. Even if it wasn't a critical moment.

However, Ineos have been replaced by a Jumbo-Visma team that has had almost every situation under control, no matter what the circumstances. Come rain or shine, sidewind or climbing, the Dutch team have protected their leader Primož Roglič until it's the right time for the Slovenian to unleash his power.

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