Joke Leads De Gendt To Take On Grand Tour Triple

Thomas de Gendt is most combative in stage 12 at the Vuleta

We've all been there: you make a nonchalant comment about taking on three Grand Tours in one season, and all of a sudden your directeur sportif has built your entire season around the notion. Maybe not. But that's the exact scenario breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt has put himself in ahead of the 2019 season, with the Giro d'Italia , Tour de France and Vuelta a España on his race schedule. "Actually, it was a joke. I said it to Mario Aerts that I wanted to do the three Grand Tours and he started to write it down. It then became part of the programme," De Gendt told Cyclingnews and other members of the media at Lotto Soudal 's recent training camp. "I've done the Tour and the Vuelta four years in a row, and I have the feeling that one more Grand Tour extra isn't that different. In May ...

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