Thomas De Gendt previews the Giro
The Lotto Soudal rider starts his first of three Grand Tours this season.
For the first time in his career, Thomas De Gendt will be riding all three Grand Tours in one year. The Lotto Soudal rider only just returned from the Giro d’Italia but already has the next goal in mind: the Tour de France. The allrounder lends an insight into the period between the past Giro d’Italia and the upcoming Tour de France.
Thomas De Gendt: “The Giro was tough for everyone, but we managed to complete it. The team went to Italy with a clear goal: to take a stage victory. We succeeded in that objective with Caleb Ewan, who won twice and we also took some nice podium places as well.”
“The upcoming training schedule will be limited the coming week. Having ridden the Giro, I don’t need to do any additional long training rides. I will now train until the Belgian championships, where I will take part in both the time trial and road race. In addition, I will train three days in Spain and two days in the Vosges. The other rides will be close to home.”
“I need the Belgian championships to maintain the race rhythm. Winning would be very nice but if that doesn’t happen, I have at least those kilometres in the legs towards the Tour de France.”
“In the Tour de France, it will in the first place be about trying to take a stage win with Caleb Ewan. Hopefully, that will already be the case in the first week, which would take away a lot of stress inside the team. Winning in Brussels would be the perfect start but the Tour is always something special. It will be difficult.”
“I will of course also be aiming for a stage win in the Tour de France. I think there are more possibilities in the Tour than the Giro this year. After the first rest day, the peloton will more often give the escapees some freedom and that’s exactly where my opportunities are. I am not exactly a superstitious person, but if I sleep in room number 103 during the Tour de France, you need to keep an eye on me. I already won often with that number and it will always be special.”