UAE Team Emirates confirms eight-men for TDF including Aru, Pogacar and Kristoff
Jun 26 2020 12:11 am CET

UAE Team Emirates confirms eight-men for TDF including Aru, Pogacar and Kristoff
UAE Team Emirates confirms eight-men for TDF including Aru, Pogacar and Kristoff
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UAE Team Emirates' Manager Joxean Fernandez "Matxin" has confirmed the eight riders that will face the 2020 edition of the Tour de France.

In an interview with the Italian website tuttobiciweb.it, the Spaniard talked about the upcoming edition of the French grand tour and confirmed the riders that will be at the start line in Nice on August 29 -if the coronavirus pandemic continues being under control.

Matxin thinks his team is ready for it. "Four climbers: (Fabio) Aru, (Tadej) Pogacar, (Davide) Formolo, (David) de la Cruz, then (Jan) Polanc, (Alexander) Kristoff, (Sven Erik) Bystrom and a man who is fundamental to me, Marco Marcato!" said the Team Manager to the Italian website.

With the new dates for the French grand tour and the unique year cycling and the world are living, Matxin thinks there could be many surprises, including the domination of Ineos -team that has won seven editions of the race in the last eight years. "This year is perhaps the year in which they are less strong," he explained.

"As the Spanish proverb says: in troubled waters, fishermen win. Let's see. I'm not a seer, but it's obvious, with all the statements they are making, that each of them is trying to carve out their own space. (Chris) Froome has won it four times and demands respect. (Egan) Bernal is the last winner and asks for respect. (Geraint) Thomas has won it and finished second..."

Matxin also talked about Pogacar, the talented young rider that will make his debut in the Tour de France 2020. "Him and (Remco) Evenepoel are the future," he affirmed. "Tadej is a rider that goes faster every day, unique in the world. He has a monstrous recovery and an incredible head. He respects everyone, including staff. And he has values as a person."
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