Knaven: Riders will start Tour de France with February form

Michal Kwiatkowski leads Egan Bernal on the final stage of the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Team Ineos directeur sportif Servais Knaven has suggested the British team will stick to their plans for the Tour de France and name Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome as team leaders. However, he warned that the disruption and five months without racing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will mean riders will start the Tour with the equivalent of just the early-season Ruta del Sol in their legs, as if they were racing in February. 

"This is a kind of winter period but now riders will start a big race like the Tour with the legs that you normally have for the Ruta del Sol," Knaven told Belgian television channel Sporza in a video interview.

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