Jumbo-Visma Releases Documentary on the Tour de France 2021
With the 2022 edition of the Tour de France already within sight, teams from all over the world are warming up to the biggest race of the year.
Netherlands-based team, Jumbo-Visma, is no exception. However, ahead of another major road race, they have released a 50-minute documentary on their spectacular performance at the 2021 Tour. Titled “Plan B, the fall & rise”, the film seeks to shed some light on all the misfortunes, achievements and planning that took place during the Tour.
Best Tour de France Performance Ever
Currently, Jumbo-Visma is consensually considered not only one of the best teams in professional cycling, but one of the biggest contenders for winning the Tour de France 2022. In fact, according to betting cycling markets, their team leader for the Tour, Primož Roglič, is one of the favourites to win the yellow jersey at odds of 16/5.
As if that’s not enough, Jonas Vingegaard, who ran his first Tour de France last year and finished in a spectacular second place, currently stands as the third favourite to win the race with Tour de France odds of 7/2. But that’s not all. The team also holds some of the world’s best riders, including Tom Dumoulin, Wout van Aert and Rohan Dennis.
However, while one year ago, expectations might have been equally high, what unfolded at the 2021 French Tour was beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. This is precisely what this documentary aims to explore as it shows cycling fans the backstage scenes of the team’s best-ever Tour de France performance.
The film includes interesting sequences, including the planning of the race and the process behind motivating and uniting riders. The documentary also dives into some of the most devastating and heartbreaking moments of the race, namely the falls and subsequent withdrawals of Robert Gesink and Tony Martin (who crashed three times before leaving the race).
Fans will also get to see Primož Roglič making the extremely difficult decision to abandon the race and the moment the team decided to back Vingegaard as their only shot at the general classification.
It is also possible to see the reaction of cyclists, but also directors and other team staff, to Tadej Pogočar’s first attacks and how he slowly begins to dominate the race. Simultaneously, as Vingegaard begins to surprise everyone, Jumbo-Visma finds some comfort in the hardships that ultimately helped make this race a historic one for the team. The documentary is available on Jumbo-Visma’s YouTube channel for free.
The 2022 season
The 2022 edition of the French Tour will have 21 stages, including six mountain stages and five summit finishes (namely La super Planche des Belles Filles, Col du Granon, Alpe d’Huez, Peyragudes, and Hautacam)
Going into the 109th edition of the Tour, team Jumbo has already collected a series of important wins, including first places at the Belgium Cyclo-cross race, the Australian time trial, La Drôme Classic, Circuit de la Sarthe, and Critérium du Dauphiné, but also several stages at the Giro d’Italia.