Tour of Burgos final preparation for Tour of Spain for Team Jumbo-Visma
Connecting the final dots towards the Tour of Spain is Team Jumbo-Visma's primary goal in the Tour of Burgos. "Stage wins and a good general classification are also a goal.”
The Tour of Burgos starts a week and a half before the Tour of Spain. The five-day stage race is the ideal build-up to the last grand tour of the season for a part of Team Jumbo-Visma's Vuelta squad. Primož Roglič is the leader in Burgos, a role he will also hold in the Tour of Spain along with Tour winner Jonas Vingegaard.
The Tour of Burgos consists of a flat stage, a team time trial, two hilly stages and an uphill finish.
"It is instrumental to ride another team time trial with the Tour of Spain in mind, sports director Marc Reef says. "After all, the first stage in the Vuelta is also a team time trial. It is good to refresh the automatisms once more. The Tour of Spain's opening stages are not really straightforward, and the third stage already has an uphill finish. It is critical to start strong. Therefore, having the Tour of Burgos in their legs already is beneficial for riders coming off a training block.”
Reef refers to Roglič, amongst others, who did not ride a race after his Giro win. "Since 2019, he did not have such a solid preparation for the Vuelta. He was able to rest, and then he had altitude training to build up as planned. He is in good shape now." In Burgos, he intends to capitalise right away on his excellent form. "Stage wins and a good classification are also a goal in the Tour of Burgos. The fourth stage has an explosive final that should suit Primož well. After that, the uphill finish on the final day will be a good indicator."