Jakob Fuglsang is gunning for the chance to lead Astana at the Tour de France next season. The 31-year-old, who won silver in the Olympic Games road race in Rio, last rode GC at the Tour de France in 2013 and he finished a creditable seventh in Paris.
In the years since the Danish rider has put the ambitions of Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru ahead of his in the Tour but with Nibali leaving the team for Bahrain Merida, and Aru likely to ride GC at the Giro d'Italia, the path for Fuglsang could be clear.
"It's early to so say but there's the chance that I'll be able to go for GC," he told Cyclingnews at the 2017 Tour de France route presentation in Paris.
"That's not determined yet and before the first team camps we don't really know who will do what. With Vincenzo leaving and no other GC rider coming to the team there's the possibility of me having a chance. I would like to try one more time and get the chance to try and get something out of it.
"The Giro starts close to Fabio's home and this year's Tour was a bit of a disappointment for him so I think that he would like to go back to the Giro. Not that he wouldn't want to do to the Tour but I think he'll do the Giro."
The 2017 Tour de France route was revealed in Paris on Tuesday with a balanced route featuring less than 40 kilometres of time trialing. Fuglsang approved of the route on its first showing, and pointed to what could be an open race.
"It's surprising that there's not more time trialing, team time trial or cobble stones. It doesn't look like there's many surprises but in general it's a good route. I think with less mountains it will be a more open race," he said.
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