Saint-Martin-de-Ré (dpa) – German pro cyclist Tony Martin sees the best chances of his Slovenian teammate Primoz Roglic winning the Tour de France for the first time.
Roglic easily defended his yellow jersey on Tuesday, which he captured at the weekend, on the tenth stage to Saint-Martin-de-Ré. “At the moment all traffic lights in front of us are green and nothing prevents us from keeping our shape until Paris,” said veteran Martin in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Wednesday).
The 35-year-old is one of the main helpers of former ski jumper Roglic in the Jumbo-Visma team on his twelfth tour. “We have the momentum on our side. Once you hit the wave of success, it naturally gives extra wings. You know the others are looking at us at the start – and are scared,” explains Martin. For example, he knows the other way around from his previous station in Katusha-Alpecin. There they looked at teams like Sky or Astana and thought, “Whew, let’s see how far we get today. Now we’re there with a big box and we know we’ll all tell you how far you get today.”
He described Roglic as the perfect combination of a very ambitious, professional athlete on the one hand and a very relaxed man on the other. ‘I don’t remember seeing him insecure or nervous before. It doesn’t seem like all the pressure is reaching him at all, ”said Martin.
Regarding the number of spectators on this year’s tour, which was postponed by two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the former world time trial champion said: “This exaggeration that you only drive through human slats is not there yet. Yet I see in Corona. time that the critical amount was reached. “