The Jumbo denounces the French

While his training raises many doubts in view of their domination, Merijn Zeeman, the manager of the Jumbo-Visma, attacked the French riders, who publicly question two-speed cycling.

The Jumbo-Visma was indeed the expected ogre during this Tour de France. If Primoz Roglic, its designated leader, had bad luck, Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert crushed the race, each in their records. In the end, the Dutch team finished with six stage victories in the purse, the yellow jersey, the polka dot jersey and the green jersey, seeming to leave only crumbs for their opponents. What necessarily arouse – or rather reinforce – suspicions about him.

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I put my hand to the fire for each of my teammates. We are 100% clean », defended Jonas Vingegaard, adding:I don’t want to use doping, I don’t want to be like that, it’s a deep conviction. If, to be a pro runner and have this level, the condition was to have to take products, I would choose not to be and take nothing. I would prefer to do something else in that case, I don’t know, another job.»

The French do not work with the same professionalism

And the denials are also strong in the mouth of Merijn Zeeman, the manager of the team. In particular about ketones, used by several teams including Jumbo-Visma and banned by formations belonging to the MPCC. Supplements pointed out by several French riders this fall to explain two-speed cycling. Ketones is the most ridiculous debate in cycling. It’s just 1% of our work. To hear Pinot, Bardet or Démare talk about two-speed cycling is nonsense», he thus confided in the columns of the Parisian.

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The Dutch leader also took the opportunity to slip a tackle on the tricolor runners. Suspicion often comes from France when no one questions the way we work. The French won’t like it but I think they don’t work with the same professionalism », he added. Words that Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong’s manager, would not have denied in his time.

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