Waarom met één kopman naar de Vuelta als je er twee hebt? | Team LottoNL-JumboOn September 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
It is hard to know at the moment. You can see little signs, like who is good and bad. Some boys have already collapsed completely. A few have already been eliminated. Yes. And that’s always good. GC candidates just crumble at times. That’s always good for the morale. Of course, we have seen in the Tour that it works well, with Roglic and Kruijswijk in fourth and fifth place. Originally it was planned to go with George for the classification and that Steven would go for stages after he raced the Tour. But he is still very good. We have spoken with everyone. That is how we came up with the plan to ride with both guys for the GC. The most important thing is that our leaders are in really good condition. You can see how easy it is to be in the front. Where as a lot of other people are already really tired. The two get along well with each other. It is no problem. There is no struggle to define the real leader. It is actually better. Some teams and some cyclists see it as an obstacle. But it is really a good advantage. When you got two guys who are strong, one guy can be aggressive and one guy can wait and force the other guys to chase. It really is an advantage. You can, of course, share the pressure a bit. I think it is especially important, you also saw it in the Tour with me and Primoz, that you can make each other stronger. At the moment, we have two men in the top ten. I feel more comfortable having two GC guys here. It gives you more options. It also provides our opponents a certain image. They think: those guys still have two men in the front. Maybe they try less quickly Today you saw that we were leading with four men. That is strong, it radiates something. The teams are still waiting a bit until we are exhausted. But yes, that took a very long time. I don’t think a rider like Aru likes to be dropped when Sepp is in the lead. Mentally, it does something to those men. That is only beneficial for us. I think it is clear that they don’t chase each other. We have a good policy. A no asshole policy. We really make sure that we sign nice guys, good guys, guys who can work well in a team. Obviously, that means captains as well. And that really works. We get along well with each other, there is no competition between us. That creates a good atmosphere in the team. And you notice that when other boys in the peloton often ask me if we are hiring new guys. That is nice, it’s a nice feeling. The hope? It would be nice if we could fight for the podium places. I think we are both able to do that. We must continue to go for it. Maybe we should also take risks and attack. Given the Tour and given George’s preparation, we certainly should not underestimate ourselves.