Tour de France 2024 - Don't miss out on these Fantasy Game tips!

Monday 17 June 2024 • Blog

Tom Nederend

The Tour de France starts on Saturday, June 29th in Florence, which means it's about time to submit your Fantasy Game entries! Whether you're a experienced cycling fan or new to the world of cycling Fantasy Games, assembling your team can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, we have tips and tricks to choose the best riders and increase your chances to beat colleagues, friends and family.

In this blog post, we share practical advice for selecting the right riders for your cycling Fantasy Game. We provide an overview of the key riders and teams to watch, based on their recent performances and shape. With these tips for your cycling pool or fantasy game, you'll be ready to put together a winning team and fully enjoy the Tour de France 2024. So read on and discover how to step up your game for the Tour de France 2024! We discuss the first 11 teams, the next 11 teams will follow soon.

Tour de France 2024 - Fantasy Game tips

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Fantasy Game Tips - Tour de France 2024

Alpecin - Deceuninck

Jasper Philipsen - The top favorite for the green jersey and the man to beat in the bunchsprints. Philipsen won four (!) stages last year and took home the points jersey. With Van der Poel as his final leadout, he has a royal lead-out at his disposal as displayed in this year’s Milan - San Remo. He recently showed great form with 2nd, 1st, 3rd, and 2nd places in the Baloise Belgium Tour. A true must-have for your fantasy game.

Mathieu van der Poel - Van der Poel starts in Florence with only seven race days so far in 2024. Not due to injuries, but ony because of his major goal this season: Olympic Gold Medal in Paris. That race is on Saturday, August 3rd, almost two weeks (13 days) after the finish of the Tour de France in Nice. Last year, Van der Poel used the Tour to prepare (successfully) for the World Championships in Glasgow, exactly 14 days after the finish at the Champs-Elysees. He led out sprints for Philipsen but only achieved one top-20 result himself. This edition, he will manage his energy very consciously again. We do expect a bit more involvement from Van der Poel, if only it will be to honor the rainbow jersey. Perhaps even at the opening stage…

Tour de France 2024 - Mathieu van der Poel

Arkea - B&B Hotels

Arnaud Demare - Démare without an FDJ jersey is something we need to get used to. He lost the battle with his Frenche colleague David Gaudu and had to find for another team. The Frenchman found shelter at Arkea but without any honourable results. Similar to Gaudu, by the way.

Kévin Vauquelin - Talented 23-year-old GC rider with a good punch and a strong time trial. This season, he was 2nd in Etoile de Besseges, 10th in GC of Tirreno, 8th in GC of Itzulia Basque Country, and 2nd in La Fleche Wallonne. However, his Tour de Suisse performance was poor with a 42nd place in the final GC. Additionally, he has never shown it in a three-week Grand Tour, as he had to abandon the Vuelta early last year. That makes him a bit of a gamble.

Astana - Qazaqstan Team

Mark Cavendish - Cav, Cav, Cav! Last year, his attempt for a 35th stage win in the Tour de France ended with a broken collarbone. Everyone thought it was (once again) over for the now 39-year-old sprinter. But Cavendish thought otherwise. He called his trusty lead-out Michael Morkov and will be at the start in Florence, aiming for that one gap that will bring him eternal glory: most stage wins in the Tour de France. He deserves a spot on your team. Already won in Colombia and Hungary, so if all goes well…

Alexey Lutsenko - Few riders are as inconsistent as the 31-year-old Kazakh. This year, he blazed through the streets in Abruzzo, but did not achieve any other good result. He was called up last minute for the Giro, rode decently, but abandoned in stage 9 due to illness. In the Tour de Suisse, he was not near the front wwith a 65th place. In the final CC of the 2021 Tour, he finished 7th and 9th in 2022. Do you dare to select him?

BORA - hansgrohe

Primoz Roglic - The 34-year-old Slovenian was the biggest transfer of the past cycling season: from the successful Jumbo-Visma team to BORA - hansgrohe. All in to win the Tour de France. He already has the Giro ('23) and the Vuelta ('20, '21, '22) on his palmares, but the Tour de France is a painful open wound. Think back to the 2020 Tour, where he lost the yellow jersey in the individual time trial to Planche de Belles Filles. As always, Roglic is impressive in preparation, with the Dauphiné win as his biggest achievement. However, he lost time in the final stage, nearly a minute to riders like Carlos Rodriguez, Matteo Jorgenson, and Derek Gee. And the Tour stratlist will be even stronger, with Pogacar and possibly Vingegaard. He will undoubtedly ride at the front and score points for your team, but the chances at overall victory are small. Another reason for concern: Roglic crashes a lot. Staying upright is most important in cycling.

Tour de France 2024 - Primoz Roglic

Jai Hindley - With Jai Hindley, Roglic has the 2022 Giro winner and the no. 7 of the 2023 Tour de France as a luxury domestique. The 28-year-old Australian started the year well with 5th place in GC of Valencia, 3rd in Tirreno-Adriatico, and 12th in Itzulia Basque Country. After that, less impressive was his 28th in Romandie and 20th in the Dauphiné. However, Hindley will be ready in France after a altitude training camp. But all to assist Roglic.

Aleksandr Vlasov - The 28-year-old Russian is not known as an ideal teammate. He likes to ride for his own chance and seems to neglect team-oders every now and then. However, Roglic clearly ranks above him in the hierarchy, although Vlasov will want to maintain a good GC position for his team. With Roglic’ crash-rate, you never know if he gets a shot at team-leadership. Vlasov is extremely steady this season: 3rd in GC of Valencia, 5th in Paris-Nice, 4th in Catalonia, 2nd in Romandie, and 6th in the Dauphiné. It might be worth considering him for you Fantasy Game team-selection.


Bryan Coquard - Consistency is his middle-name. Coquard has 29 top-10 results in Tour de France stages, without a stage-win. Most of all active pros. His consistency was evident last year when he sprinted to six top 20 results during the Tour. Coquard will survive some of the harder stages and is still amongt he fastsest men in this field of participant. He already won 2 WorldTour races this year in Tour de Suisse and Tour Down Under.

Guillaume Martin - Another rider who is extremely consistent, in the GC. Martin often loses time but fights back through succesful breakaways. Martin's consistency in Grand Tours is almost unreal: 12th (Tour '19), 11th (Tour '20), 14th (Vuelta '20), 8th (Tour '21), 9th (Vuelta '21), 14th ('22), DNF (Tour '22), and 10th (Tour '23). This year, the 31-year-old Frenchman is again hovering around 10th to 20th place in the GCs he contests. Not very exciting, but a safe bet.

Axel Zingle - This 25-year-old Frenchman is a true one-day racer. A good climber with a strong sprint. Last year, he rode his first Grand Tour (Tour de France '23), but his results were not very impressive. Don't expect him in the sprints (due to Coquard participating as well). But if he races that opening stage like a one-day race... he will be among the best.

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team

Felix Gall - One of last year's revelations. The Austrian climber emerged as a leader after O'Connor's disappointing performance and finished 8th in the final GC with a stage win in the books. But now is the year to confirm his qualitie. 9th in GC of Paris-Nice, 10th in Switzerland. A lot is expected of him in the Tour, especially by his French team management, who are not known for their sympathy and understanding towards dissappointing performances. Last year, he was a perfect pick, but the game-organizers will not make it easy to include him in your fantasy team.

Tour de France 2024 - Felix Gall

Dorian Godon - This 28-year-old Frenchman is working at his palmares. He is a good climber and has a strong sprint. He collected several good results this season and won two stages in Tour de Romandie. If you're looking for a stage-hunter in your team, Godon is your man.

Victor Lafay - Last year’s big surprise in the opening weekend with a 6th and 1st place. Wout van Aert is still having nightmares thinking about his brutal attack in the final kilometer of stage 2. No big results afterwards for Lafay, he moved from Cofidis to AG2R but hasn't raced for them in 2024 due to knee problems. It’s very uncertain if Lafay will even start the Tour de France.

Sam Bennett - The 33-year-old is starting to peform at a high level again at AG2R. Several top-3 results, four stage wins and the overall victory in the Tour of Dunkirk boosted the Irishman’s confidence. He seems to have secured his selection for the Tour de France. When Bennett is in great shape, you'd better have him on your team.

Team dsm - firmenich PostNL

Fabio Jakobsen - Fabio is searching, desperately looking for some form. In the Giro d'Italia, he was dropped on every small climb. He didn't even contest a bunchsprint. Jakobsen reconsidered his approach, lost some weight, raced again in the Baloise Belgium Tour, but then (again) hit the ground. Will the former stage-winner get it together someday? He seems to be literally outpaced by modern sprinters, who all climb better and have more left at the finish.

Romain Bardet - He caused a rollercoaster of emotions for many in this year's Giro d'Italia. Was he attempting to fight for the GC or not? He didn’t seem to want it, but his team did. It resulted in an anonymous 9th place. In the Tour, Bardet will do what he's supposed to do at this stage of his career: hunt for stage wins.

Warren Barguil - Maybe you'll consider him based on his stage-win from the breakaway, but don’t expect many big results from the 32-year-old climber.

EF Education - EasyPost

Richard Carapaz - For some weeks, Carapaz remains the reigning Olympic Champion. He won’t be able to defend that title in Paris, as Ecuador’s spot goes to Narvaez. This might be indicative of the rider Carapaz is. When things go well, he is a star-quality rider, but often things go wrong. He hits the deck regularly, like in stage 1 of the Tour de France '23 and once again in the Tour de Suisse of last week. He required several stitches. Carapaz is currently training at altitude in Andorra. The team wants results from the expensive Colombian, as shown in the new season of the Netflix Unchained documentary. Competing for the podium seems unlikely, so let's cheer for him in the breakaways. The polka dot jersey would suit him very well.

Tour de France 2024 - Richard Carapaz

Neilson Powless - Another rider who will like the mountains classification. The 27-year-old American’s spring season was ruined due to a knee injury, despite bold statements at the start ("I feel the gap with Van Aert and Van der Poel is closing"). Powless showed to be in good shape in the Dauphiné until he crashed in the mega-pileup involving Evenepoel, Roglic, and Van Baarle. He had to withdraw the next day. His current condition is very uncertain.

Marijn van den Berg - For Marijn van den Berg, the main question is whether he is allowed to compete in the flat sprints. He defines himself as the “Matthews type,” more of a puncher than a sprinter. Still, he seems to be the only sprinter in the Tour de Fracne team of EF and therefore he might collect several top-results. Watch out for Van den Berg in stage 1.

Ben Healy - Another rider who likes to go on the offensive. His spring season was quite disappointing, but he took his first win of the season in the Tour of Slovenia. Just in time for this cult-rider.

Alberto Bettiol - The 30-year-old Italian is having a great season with many podiums and three victories so far (Milan-Turin, stage + overall Boucles de la Mayenne). Bettiol also started strong in the Tour de Suisse until he crashed in stage 4. Severely bruised, he left the race. The Tour start in Italy will give him extra motivation, but is he hindered by his injuries?

Groupama - FDJ

David Gaudu - Gaudu finished 11th, 4th, and 9th in the final GC of the last three Tour de France edition. He always rode the Dauphiné beforehand, finishing 9th, 17th, and 30th. This year the French GC-hope was nowhere to be seen and finished 15th in the GC of Dauphiné. Will it be a decent GC result in the Tour de France once again?

Tour de France 2024 - David Gaudu

Valentin Madouas - Madouas finished 10th in the final GC of the 2022 Tour de Fracne, but will sacrifice himself for Gaudu this years. He’s not been riding very strongly this year.

Stefan Küng - The two time trials should suit him well. In the other stages, this Swiss powerhouse will mainly be a domestique.

Romain Grégoire - A highly talented 21-year-old French stage racer. But a Grand Tour might be too much. At least for now. He’ll be looking out for Gaudu, and perhaps there’s a stage win from a breakaway.

INEOS Grenadiers

Carlos Rodriguez - The well-informed had him on their radar for some time, so his 5th place in the 2023 Tour wasn’t a big surprise. He had a slow start this year (31st in Gran Camino, 28th in GC of Paris-Nice), but has since found his form: 2nd in Itzulia Basque Country, 1st in Romandie, and 4th in the Dauphiné. Especially his stage win in the final stage was impressive. In short, there are few reasons to keep this young Spaniard out of your Fantasy team.

Tour de France 2024 - Carlos Rodríguez

Tom Pidcock - Mr Vlasov of INEOS. Goes his own way and often neglects team orders. He stated: “I decide how my Tour looks, no one else.” Great. But what about his results? Last year, he finished 13th in the Tour, and Pidcock showed form with 6th place in Tour de Suisse. When Pidcock sets his mind on something, it usually turns out well. And he’s set his sights on a good GC in the Tour de France. Do you dare?

Egan Bernal - And then there’s Egan Bernal. The 2019 Tour de France winner is back at a high level. This year, he finished 5th in GC of Colombia, 3rd in Gran Camino, 7th in Paris-Nice, 3rd in Catalonia, 10th in Romandie, and 4th in Switzerland. Can the 27-year-old Colombian make that final step towards the podium again? That seems difficult, but a top 5 finish in GC might be possible.

Geraint Thomas - The old fox secured another podium finish in this year’s Giro. He’s going to the Tour to help his teammates. And perhaps to maintain a good team atmosphere...

Laurens de Plus - An ideal helper who showed his top form with a 5th place in the Dauphiné. A good De Plus will undoubtedly prevent some anarchy in the team.

Israel - Premier Tech

Pascal Ackermann - Strangely enough, the 30-year-old Ackermann has never participated in the Tour de France. This time he will. Don’t expect miracles from “Ackie,” but a few podium places in the bunchsprints are possible. His price tag will largely determine if he’s interesting to select in your fantasy team.

Derek Gee - The 26-year-old Canadian discovered himself entirely in the 2023 Giro as a pure attacker. But suddenly there was this year’s Dauphiné. Gee punched to a win in stage 3, finished 6th in the time trial, and held on to the GC-riders in the mountain stages. He surprisingly finished 3rd in the overall GC, astonishing everyone, including himself. Whether Gee will ride for a good GC result in the Tour is uncertain, but he deserves a spot in your team.

Tour de France 2024 - Derek Gee

Dylan Teuns - Teuns will undoubtedly choose his stage in this Tour. If only to please his new girlfriend Elke.

Stephen Williams - With his punches this year on Mount Lofty and the Mur de Huy, the 28-year-old Brit showed his class. Additionally, he achieved several notable top-results. He has a strong finish, if all goes according to plan, he’ll grab his stage win.

Intermarche - Wanty

Biniam Girmay - What to do with Bini? The tricky thing with Intermarché is that they have multiple fast men on the team, and it’s not yet fully decided who will sprint when. On paper, Girmay is the most complete sprinter who could take on the majority of sprints. However, his price tag reflects his qualities, and combined with his erratic performances in previous grand tours, it might be a bit too big of a gamble to select Bini in your team.

Gerben Thijssen - A more appealing alternative could be the Belgian Thijssen. He is likely to be dropped at least once more than Girmay but is also cheaper in several fantasy games. After a few fine victories in the early spring, it’s now time for Thijssen to establish his name in the second tier of sprinters. His results in the Baloise Belgium Tour were not very promising, but Thijssen should be capable of achieving a few good results.

Louis Meintjes - If you are looking for a cheap final rider in your team, Meintjes is your man! One of the most invisible riders who has still managed to secure several top-10s in the final GC of a grand tour. The issue is that Meintjes is a real follower, and you shouldn’t expect much from him in the sprint. We believe you have several more attractive riders in this price bracket.

Hugo Page - This young Frenchman showed in the 2023 Vuelta that he is able to finish strong in a bunchsprint. However, with Thijssen and Girmay at the start, it seems Page won’t be riding for his own chances in the bunchsprints. Although he is a good hills-reider and may seek a nice breakaway during the GrandTour, Page is not an obvious choice for this Tour de France.

Jayco AlUla 

Dylan Groenewegen - It’s been almost 2 years since Groenewegen last won a Tour stage. Will he take home another lion plush toy this year? In terms of pure speed, the Dutchman is among the best, but in recent years it has become clear that he struggles more on hilly terrain. He is still quite expensive in many fantasy games and never really competes for the green jersey, which makes him less of a must-have for your team. However, Groenewegen can make the difference; if he is well-launched, only few can overtake him.

Simon Yates - In his final year at Team Jayco, Simon Yates has been totally invisible since the end of April. After a good start Down Under and a fine victory in the AlUla Tour, he faced some physical issues and hasn’t raced since the Tour de Romandie. Yet, Simon Yates might be at his best at the righ time. Yates is an ex-Vuelta - and multiple stage winner in all grand tours. He finished 4th in last year’s Tour de France, and if he's out of GC contention, there are always stage wins and/or the mountain jersey to chase. If he’s physically fine, he’s always a guarantee for some points. Keep an eye on his interviews, but with an attractive price tag, he’s definitely a nice addition to your team.

Michael Matthews - Bling is having a good year, with an early win in Spain and several impressive performances in spring classics. He seems to skip the bunchsprints (which are for Groenewegen), but he will often still be there in a small peloton, making him very dangerous. Two years ago, he won a nice stage from a breakaway and will undoubtedly be looking for the right breakaway groups this year as well. He will definitely get his chances, and he might even eye the first stage. You might have a unique rider with Matthews in your team.

Lotto Dstny 

Arnaud de Lie - The Walloon Bull disappointed in the Flemish spring and thus ended up on the ‘blacklist’ of many fantasy-game players. The question is whether this is entirely justified and if this turns out to be a good choice because of his injury, De Lie started winning again as before and, as Lotto’s absolute leader, will certainly get enough opportunites in the sprints. It should be noted that De Lie seems to thrive better in slightly selective one-day races and that it still doesn’t always work out in the big bunchsprints. He often deals with bad luck, and his positioning still needs work; will he silence the critics in this Tour?

Tour de France 2024 - Arnaud de Lie

Maxim van Gils - This young Belgian is having a great year with fine wins in Eschborn-Frankfurt and Aargau and impressive reults in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, la Fléche Wallonne, Strade Bianche, and Milano-San Remo. In the hills and mountains, he doesn’t have to work for anyone, so he can freely roam in all stages that are a bit too tough for De Lie. Van Gils is brimming with confidence and is one of the names to watch as a ‘dark horse’ for the first yellow jersey. Not overly expensive, making him an excellent pick as an attacker in your fantasy-game filled with GC-contenders and sprinters.

Lidl - Trek

Mads Pedersen - Mighty Mads Pedersen has been a sure bet for a ton of points in your fantasy games in recent years. Pedersen is a strong sprinter who handles hills well, will compete for the green jersey, and can also get points in the first time trial and transition stages. For many, this Dane seems like a ‘must-have.’ However, he'll be an expensive addition, especially since Pedersen normally doesn’t match Philipsen in terms of pure speed. We doubt if two cheaper sprinters will accumulate as many points as Pedersen, but it’s worth considering.

Giulio Ciccone - The winner of the mountain GC in the 2023 Tour de France seems like an easy ‘click’ for your selection. The Italian was in good form in the Dauphiné and can score points in multiple ways: by finishing high in tough stages with his quick sprint, by placing high in the mountain classification, and by slipping into the right breakaways. Ciccone is very attractively priced and, with Geoghegan Hart out, doesn’t have a leader to ride for. He did have a bout of flu, but if he’s back in form at the Italian championships, we’re willing to take the ‘gamble’!

Movistar Team

Enric Mas - The sole leader at Movistar is again Enric Mas. Although this Spaniard usually scores significantly more points in the Vuelta, it might be a good idea to select him in your team given his lower price-tage. With top-10 finishes in Switzerland, Romandie, and Catalonia, he has shown that you should always keep him in mind. He’s not among the absolute top favorites, but his preparation has been better compared to previous years, and he has shown in the past that he can also score good results in the Tour de France.

Alex Aranburu - When you’re looking for a good final rider in your team at a decent price, we certainly recommend Alex Aranburu. This Spaniard handles hills well and also is a quick finisher, allowing him to get good results in sprints from a thinned-out peloton. He recently won the queen stage in the Baloise Belgium Tour, became Spanish champion and has all freedom to find his way in flat and hilly stages. If he also wants to try in bunchsprints, this Basque rider is definitely worth considering.

Soudal - Quick Step

Remco Evenepoel - To Evenepoel or not to Evenepoel? Rightfully one of the biggest pre-Tour questions. He fractured his collarbone and shoulder blade in a massive crash in the Basque Country, disrupting both his spring campaign and his Tour de France preparation. He made his return in the Critérium Dauphiné but could only convince in the time trial. His performance in the mountains was still disappointing, and the question is how much better he gets in 3 weeks. Evenepoel’s points ceiling, who is also eligible for the young rider’s jersey, is incredibly high. In the 2023 Vuelta, he showed that he was indispensable for your team even without racing for the GC. Many team managers probably won’t dare to select him, which makes selecting Evenepoel very appealing in our view. But: do you dare, and more importantly, can you fit him in among all the other big names?

Mikel Landa - The always attacking Spaniard was recruited by PatLef last year to help his protégé Evenepoel in the mountains. The chemistry between Landa and Evenepoel seems to be there, and in the Dauphiné, Landa showed he is willing to take good care of the Belgian talent. If it doesn’t work out with Evenepoel in the Tour, Landa could possibly aim for a top-10 finish or a nice stage win himself. He finished as the first human behind Pogacar in Catalonia, so it’s too early to write him off for individual success. Still, selecting him for your team this year might be a bit too risky given the uncertainty about his role and Evenepoel’s form.

Bahrain Victorious 

Pello Bilbao - This year, Bilbao is focusing on the Tour de France again, just like last year. He finished 6th last year and has been in the top-10 of GC ranks of several grand tours in recent years. His highlight last year was in Issoire, where he added an emotional stage win to his palmares. This year, Bilbao is riding solidly and showed good shape with a 2nd place in the Tour of Slovenia. An interesting second-tier rider worth considering, especially since he has a good sprint.

Phil Bauhaus - Sprinter representing Bahrain Victorious. The tall German surprised last year by sprinting to the podium in three tages. This year, he’s a bit more expensive and thus a bit less interesting to selected ompared to previous grand tours. Bauhaus often stalls when the road goes up, causing him to miss a flat bunchsprint every now and then. He probably won’t be chosen by many, making him a potential differentiating rider in your fantasy team.

Santiago Buitrago - A very interesting rider to consider for your team. The Colombian is getting better and better in GCs, doesn’t shy away from attacking, is always interested in a few mountain-jersey points, and still competes for the young rider’s classification. This makes Buitrago’s points ceiling very high for his assigned price. In our opinion, he’s close to a ‘must-have,’ with his past inconsistency being a minor counterargument.

Matej Mohoric - With Mohoric at the start, you know shit hits the van. The Slovenian is an entertainer on the bike and, like in previous years, will certainly pick his stages. He easily became Slovenian time trial champion, showing that he has digested his gravel adventure very well and is ready for some spectacle in France. He won’t be extremely high-priced and is thus a fun addition to your team. The tricky part: which stages will be marked on his calender?

Wout Poels - After his beautiful stage win last year, an honorable mention for this friendly Dutchman is the least we can do. He will mainly act as a domestique in France, making him not the most interesting breakaway-rider for your team. However, he has achieved nice results in various grand tours in the past even from a domestique role, often making Dutch cycling fans cheer. A choice for more emotional players, while more rational players might leave him at home.

Tour de France 2024 - Wout Poels


Steff Cras - A nice surprise in the Tour de Frande and Vuelta a Espana of 2023 was Steff Cras. The young Belgian rode prominently at the front in the first Tour stages through Basque Country, but a hard crash unfortunately forced him to abandon. He came back and rode a very solid Vuelta, crowned with an impressive 11th in GC. He fell hard again this year in the Basque Country, but with two top-10 results in the Tour of Slovenia, he showed he’s on the right track. If he can sharpen his shape a bit more, this free rider in French service is a good and inexpensive option for the final spots in your team.

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Uno-X Mobility

Alexander Kristoff - This Norwegian Viking is now 36 years old, and the wear and tear don’t seem to be showing yet this year. Kristoff has already won 4 races and also grabbed some nice top-results. He is the undisputed number 1 in the Uno-X sprint train, making him someone who will earn a decent amount of points. The question is whether these are enough to justify a selection in your team. Kristoff is quite pricey, and his results in the bunchprints have been somewhat lacking in recent years. Considering that, there might be more fun choices to make.

Tobias Halland Johannessen - One of the revelations of the 2023 Tour de France. The young Johannessen attacked well and managed to grab four top-10s from breakaways. He started this year strong in some Spanish and French one-day races, then broke his collarbone, and his performance (except for a 6th place in the Walloon Arrow) was disappointing. In the Tour of Slovenia, he showed more promise again, making him interesting once more. What works in his favor: he has complete freedom within the team, competes for the young rider’s jersey, and might even eye the mountain jersey. A fun, spontaneous rider with the potential to become a gem.

Tour de France 2024 - Tobias Halland Johannessen

Magnus Cort - When talking about attractive, spontaneous riders, Magnus Cort must be mentioned. The Dane is the odd one out in Uno-X’s Norwegian squad, but he seems to have integrated well into the Scandinavian ensemble. He packed his bags for Italy and showed with an impressive stage win in the Dauphiné that his sprinting legs are in good shape. The downside for fantasy-game players is that Cort won’t participate in the bunchsprints and it’s often hard to determine when to select him. There are a few typical transition stages this year where Cort won’t miss the breakaway, and he can handle gravel sections well. Plenty of opportunities, but also plenty of pre-stage selection stress: are you up for it?

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