Tour de France 2020

VN Show: Two more who could take on Froome at the TDF

Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet head to the Tour de France as key challengers to Chris Froome, but they might have a few flaws.

[brightcove id=5803155526001]
[related title=”More episodes of The VeloNews Show” align=”right” tag=”The-VeloNews-Show”]
Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes images from Getty Images, YouTube/BikeCycling, YouTube/Tour de France, YouTube/Giro d’Italia, Casey B. Gibson, YouTube/USA Cycling, YouTube/ResumeCycliste

This week’s episode of the VeloNews Show is sponsored by Garmin and its new Edge 520 Plus. This GPS head unit is loaded with features like advanced navigation, Strava Live Segments, LiveTrack, GroupTrack, and rider-to-rider messenging.

What will it take to beat Chris Froome at this year’s Tour de France?

Tom Dumoulin has the time trial chops, and he can handle long, tough climbs. The trouble is, he tried to defend his Giro d’Italia title back in May and now might be a bit worn out from the effort. As such, he’s #4 on our list of potential yellow jersey challengers.

With the weight of a nation on his shoulders, Romain Bardet wants to give France its first Tour win in decades. He can climb like an angel, but the time trials are usually quite hellish for the diminutive Ag2r rider. Plus, his best performances always seem to happen when the pressure is off, when he’s not really in the running for the overall. So can he rise to the occasion? He’s our #3 challenger.

Plus, we have a rundown of U.S. Pro nationals that saw a familiar face win her first pro road title and a newcomer upset the favorites in the men’s race.

All that and more on this week’s VeloNews Show.