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“Yes, me and Remco in the same grand tour, that could work well. We both benefit from a hard race. He could be a good ally until we have to deal with each other,” Vingegaard told Het Nieuwsblad.
“I thought he was very strong in the Vuelta, but I find it difficult to estimate how we compare to each other at the moment. We have never raced against each other in a three-week round.”
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The cycling media is hoping to see Vingegaard, Tadej Pogačar and Evenepoel face off against each other in a grand tour in the next 12 months, but the Dane believes that there is more to a three-week challenge than just three riders.
He brought up teammate Primož Roglič, who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, and Ineos Grenadiers’ leader Egan Bernal, as possible contenders, too.
Vingegaard reveals his ambitions to team management
All signs point to a Tour return for Vingegaard, and he has talked openly about the route and his hopes of taking another title. Official confirmation on his 2023 plans will have to wait a little while, however.
According to the Dane he has indicated his hopes for next year to lead sports director Merijn Zeeman.
“I called Merijn. I told him about my ideas for next year,” he said. “Now Merijn is together with the rest of the management to put the puzzle for the entire team. At training camp in December they come to me with a proposal. If I like that, then it’s fixed. If I don’t like it, then there will be a discussion.”