Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Jakob Fuglsang and Romain Bardet recon Tokyo 2020 route
Oct 27 2019 02:13 am CET

Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Jakob Fuglsang and Romain Bardet recon Tokyo 2020 route
Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Jakob Fuglsang and Romain Bardet recon Tokyo 2020 route
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The Saitama Criterium has gathered some of the most important riders of the peloton in Japan and they had taken the chance of doing recon on the roads that will be part of the Olympic Games 2020 road race.

Riders like Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Jakob Fuglsang and Romain Bardet have cycled through the roads that will be part of the road race of Tokyo 2020. The competition will be held on July 25 of 2020, just six days after the final day of the Tour de France, but this doesn't seem to be a problem for the four-time winner Chris Froome.

"I like it a lot and undoubtedly it will be one of my main objectives of the year," said the rider to Spanish newspaper Marca. "My main target is the Tour but I think that judging by the way the dates are organised, I can arrive in good shape to the games.

"It isn't easy to have the chance in such a difficult route. Because of my age, the course and my condition, this can be my last chance to get the Gold in the road race. The selections that will have the highest number of riders (5) will have an advantage because in a race like this it is important to have teammates to help you."

The riders did the recon on a rainy day and could feel how hard the race can be. "It will be a really hard 234-kilometre race with almost 5000 metres of accumulated height," explained Kwiatkowski. "It will put all of us to a test. And if it rains or there is bad weather like today it will be even harder, but let's expect that not as hard as it was in England."

Astana's Fuglsang is very enthusiastic after going through the course. "I loved it," he confessed. "Without a doubt, it will be my objective for the year. I really want the Gold, above any other race victory. I think it suits me well, I am an optimist. Also if it rains, it can be even harder than Yorkshire (World Championships 2019). This can only be won by a climber."

Bardet, who won the Polka Dot jersey at the 2019 Tour de France, is also looking forward to this challenge. "I hope to be in good condition after the Tour," he commented. "The route goes around Mount Fuji and it's very demanding, I think it will be decided in a small group. In France we will see who will be the leader, it is not something that concerns me right now, but I want to say that I will try to fight for one of the medals."




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