"I assume that everything will still be put on Primoz, but I am now on the longlist" - latest Champs-Elysees winner Jordi Meeus could return to Tour

While it was formally stated at the start of the season that BORA - hansgrohe would not take a sprinter to the Tour de France, throwing all resources into Primoz Roglic's mountain train, the German team now seems to be opening the door again. Fast man Jordi Meeus has been put on the longlist again.

Meeus saved the Bora's Tour last year with a surprise win at Champs-Elysées. However, a lot has changed in the team in the past year and there's even less focus on sprinters than last year. "I assume that everything will still be put on Primoz, but I am now on the longlist," informs Meeus in an interview with WielerFlits.

"I only heard about it from the team management. If something happens or someone from the team is not ready in time, I can still get into the selection. But I don't dare count on it yet. The team has already adjusted my program somewhat. I am now doing the Tour de Suisse, which is not an ideal race for fast men like me and there are not even any sprint opportunities. But they wanted me to have that stage race in my legs if I did go to the Tour."

Perhaps BORA - hansgrohe is trying to get in Meeus's favor with a possible Tour de France selection, because originally the Vuelta a Espana was going to be his only grand tour of the year. At the end of the year, his contract with the German team will run out. Is Meeus considering a move elsewhere? "I'm not really working on that yet. I shouldn't be stressed about my contract, especially after last year's Tour and the spring. It is certainly realistic that I stay. I am satisfied with the team and they with me."

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