Eddy Merckx: Jumbo-Visma rode Tour de France stupidly

Jumbo-Visma at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

All-time cycling great Eddy Merckx has delivered a scathing review of Jumbo-Visma's strategy in the Tour de France, arguing that, if Primož Roglič lost the race, in large part the team have only themselves to blame.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Merckx told the French newspaper that Jumbo-Visma had played with fire by allowing Tadej Pogačar to remain so close to the top of the overall ranking so late into the race, enabling the young Slovenian to pounce in the final time trial.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.