The 75th Vuelta a España will start on Tuesday 20 October. Robert Gesink will help Jumbo-Visma leaders Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin with their mission to win the general classification.
Sports director Grischa Niermann indicates that the division of roles between the two leaders will gradually be determined in more detail during the Vuelta a España. “During the Vuelta it will become clear who will be our main man. Our team is at the start with two favourites for the final victory, one of them is last year’s winner. That ensures that other teams will watch us. We are aware of that. We have to come up with a good plan to achieve a good performance. I think we have a very strong team with two riders who are our absolute priority. The other boys can optimally support Primoz and Tom. Jonas Vingegaard is at the start of a grand tour for the first time. This fits well with his development. He will probably have to do a lot of work, but that is a good learning process.”
The German thinks that his riders will face a tough course. “The first three stages are mountain stages. So we have to be strong from the very start. The sixth stage will follow soon after that. In my opinion, the sixth stage is the Queen stage, given the finish on the Col du Tourmalet. Of course there will be some tough stages, but in my opinion, the most important week of the Vuelta is the first week.”
Jumbo-Visma Riders – Vuelta a España (20 October – 8 November2020)