Vaughters: Commercial pressure forcing teams to stack rosters for Tour de France

Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The 2020 Tour de France could see multiple teams supporting multiple leaders, with Jumbo-Visma already announcing a roster that includes Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk, while Team Ineos could line up with defending Champion Egan Bernal, 2018 winner Geraint Thomas and four-time champion Chris Froome.

EF Pro Cycling general manager Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews Tuesday at Tour Colombia 2.1 that taking multiple leaders to the Tour is not so much a trend as it is a response to the commercial pressure teams face from sponsors. 

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.