Dylan Teuns and Jakob Fuglsang are set to lead Israel – Premier Tech at Tour de Suisse, where they will use the eight-day stage race to test their form.
Both riders experienced an injury and illness-plagued Spring but after three weeks at altitude, they’re ready to see where they stand amongst the strong field in Switzerland.
“I’m feeling good. After the altitude camp, I have spent a week at home and I’m looking forward to seeing how I go here at Tour de Suisse. I haven’t raced in a long time but After the first time trial tomorrow, I will have a good idea of my legs and then after stage 3, we will know how things stand on the General Classification. I hope to do a good result on the GC though and of course, look for a good stage result. But for now, I will take things day by day,” explains Teuns.
“I’m hoping to feel more and more like myself with every race day,” adds Fuglsang. “Altitude camp was good and eight hard days of racing in Switzerland will be a good test. When it comes to the GC, I will hang on as long as I can but I’m not in the same shape I was in last year after not racing for quite a few months this year.”
Teuns and Fuglsang will be backed by a strong team featuring Hugo Houle, Daryl Impey, Krists Neilands, Nick Schultz, and Reto Hollenstein, which will give the team the chance to play multiple cards says Sports Director Steve Bauer.
“We have a strong team here with two good leaders in Dylan Teuns and Jakob Fuglsang so when it comes to the GC, they are our cards to play. But there are some good stages to go for as well and once the dust settles in the first few stages, after the summit finish on stage 3, I think the GC will be much clearer and we can see what works best for our riders in terms of strategy and objectives for the rest of the week. The guys are all looking good and are motivated to have a great race.”