Excursion to Switzerland: Evenpol for two blocks

Ineos and Bora at the Tour de France rehearsal: both teams compete in the Tour de Suisse, which starts on Sunday on the shores of Lake Zurich, where the favorite will also be the Belgian Remco Evenepoel from the Quick-Step team.

Ineos and Bora at the Tour de France rehearsal: both teams compete in the Tour de Suisse, which starts on Sunday on the shores of Lake Zurich, where the favorite will also be the Belgian Remco Evenepoel from the Quick-Step team.

Britain’s Adam Yates during the 4th stage of the Paris-Nice pair, time trial between Domerat and Montlucon, March 9, 2022.

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And if Evenepoel intends to hold only the Vuelta as a grand tour this year, the Ineos team is leveling the band in Switzerland, which will try to end the dominance of Slovenian Tadeusz Pogacar (absent in Switzerland) in a big cycle. . With the British Adam Yates, who would be the main role, if you believe the Colombian Daniel Martinez, he himself is the perfect sport.

In addition to Adam Yates and Daniel Martinez, the winner of the difficult Basque Country Tour in April, the British team includes Welshman Gareint Thomas and Englishman Tom Pidcock, as well as the winner of the last Paris-Roubaix, the Dutchman Dylan. van Barle, transformed into a simple member of the team.

Russian Alexander Vlasov during the last stage of the Tour de Romandie, a time race between Egle and Villar-sur-Ollon, May 1, 2022 in Switzerland

Russian Alexander Vlasov during the last stage of the Tour de Romandie, a time race between Egle and Villar-sur-Ollon, May 1, 2022 in Switzerland

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Faced with this armada, Bora puts forward a trump card in the person of Russian Alexander Vlasov, a neophyte of the Tour de Suisse, but already the winner of the Tour de Romandie in early May. Vlasova, who will also open the Tour de France in July, will be supported by German Maximilian Schachmann and Colombian Sergio Igita in a race that includes two finishes at the top, on Friday and next Saturday, before the final race of 25.6 kilometers. in Liechtenstein.

– Pino wants to test himself –

Less than three weeks before the start in Copenhagen, the Deadline Tour de France occupies the minds of Dane Jacob Fulsang (3rd place in 2021) in an already advanced form, Kazakh Alexei Lutsenko and Frenchman Thibaut Pino.

Frenchman Thibault Pino after training to climb La Plans de Belle Fille, May 18, 2022 in Planche-les-Mines

Frenchman Thibault Pino after training to climb La Plans de Belle Fille, May 18, 2022 in Planche-les-Mines

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“The Tour de Suisse will be my last preparatory stage,” said Pino at the podium in the final classification of 2013 and 2015 (4th). “I had a good training course in the Alps. I want to test myself on this Tour of Switzerland. ”

Swiss Gino Meder during the prologue to the Tour de Romandie, April 26, 2022 in Lausanne

Swiss Gino Meder during the prologue to the Tour de Romandie, April 26, 2022 in Lausanne

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For his part, Gino Meder will have additional motivation on the roads of his national tour. Fifth at the Vuelta 2021, the Swiss took second place at the Tour de Romandie. “I have shown that I can withstand pressure as a team leader,” he said of the responsibility Evenepoel, 22, takes on very regularly.

The winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, who was hit hard on his return to the Norwegian Tour in late May (three stages and overall classification), looks like a man to be defeated, with a predominance of counter-shows on his last day in Vaduz.

Before the mountain stages, interest will also be focused on sprinters and punchers (Christoff, Stewart, Groves, Impi, Aranburu and Cockard for the former, Cosnefroy, Turgis, Garcia Cortina, Matthews and Ulysses for the latter). And also about Peter Sagan, a Slovak, sick at the beginning of the season and the author of an anonymous return, on Friday, at the GP of the canton of Aargau, which was defeated by another ghost, the Swiss Mark Hirsch.

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