"In Grand Tours I want to become a reliable domestique" - Matteo Jorgenson unsure he can compete for victory over three weeks

Having made a very successful start to his career at Team Visma | Lease a Bike, the sky seems to be the limit for Matteo Jorgenson. The American himself though, isn't sure a future as a Grand Tour classification rider is on the cards for him.

"Personally, I am honestly not convinced yet, but it is also a question for the team's performance staff," the 24-year-old, who took victory at Paris-Nice earlier this year, says in conversation with Wielerrevue about his Grand Tour prospects. "In the Grand Tours I have ridden, I have seen what GC riders go through and the level they have to be at for three weeks. I know how far I was from that level in the Grand Tours I have ridden."

With Team Visma | Lease a Bike leader Jonas Vingegaard facing a race against time to be fit for the Tour de France however, Jorgenson may get the chance to enter into unchartered waters and mount a challenge for the Maillot Jaune as soon as this June. "I have not yet completed a Grand Tour in which I had a good day two or three days in a row. It has always been ups and downs," he continues. "I need to have ridden at least one Grand Tour in which I felt good from day one to the end before I think about riding a classification."

After starring in the Classics and even taking the win at Dwars Door Vlaanderen could a future as a Classics specialist instead be on the cards for the former Movistar Team man. "I am a versatile rider who can handle multiple terrains. I will continue to focus on the classics, but also on one-week races," he assesses. "In Grand Tours I want to become a reliable domestique. I don't see any reason to specialize further. Certainly not after this spring."

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