Roglic expects to mount strong Tour de France challenge

26 June 2021 00:33:24 GMTPlus10

Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic finished second in the General Classification at last year's Tour de France and he is confident of going one better this time around.

The Slovenian just missed out 12 months ago after being edged out by compatriot Tadej Pogacar, but he is priced at 1500/1 to claim overall glory in 2021.

Roglic has adopted a low-key approach ahead of this year's Tour, as he has not been seen in competitive action since April, but he believes that will stand him in good stead ahead of the gruelling three-week event.

"It's true it's been a bit of a different approach but I already did some things like that because in past seasons I just did Giro and Vuelta and that went well," Roglic said at his pre-Tour press conference.

"I'm confident and we just have to see how it will go."

The 31-year-old certainly knows what it takes to win a Grand Tour event, as he is the two-time defending Vuelta a Espana champion, although there have been concerns regarding his team's overall form ahead of this year's Tour.

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Jumbo-Visma have had a disrupted build up to the race, with an underwhelming performance in the recent Criterium du Dauphine being followed up by the news that Wout van Aert faces a battle to be ready for the Tour due to both injury and illness.

The Dutch outfit have also seen main rivals Ineos Grenadiers return to form with wins in both the Dauphine and the Tour de Suisse, but Roglic is not concerned and is confident his team have the quality to deliver throughout the Tour.

"We're also here with a super strong team so we're also ready," he added. "We have strong guys and I am also confident in them. I want to show my best way, with my whole team. We'll try and do our best and see how it goes."

The 2021 Tour de France is set to get underway on Saturday with a 198km hill stage from Brest to Landerneau.

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