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Tour de France winner Vingegaard returns to action at CRO Race

Jonas Vingegaard celebrated in Denmark after winning the Tour de France

The organizers of the CRO Race have announced that Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard will be one of the riders at the starting line for the UCI 2.1-ranked race which kicks off on September 27.

Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Majej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) are also on the provisional start list.

The CRO Race has not yet announced the full roster of teams, but Trek-Segafredo is expected to field a team, as is Israel-Premier Tech, who are deeply in the grip of the WorldTour points chase.

Vingegaard has not raced since he became the first Danish Tour de France champion since Bjarne Riis. He missed the Denmark Tour last month and withdrew from the UCI Road World Championships next week in Wollongong, Australia.

The decision sparked resentment at the Danish federation, which missed Vingegaard’s presence at the Tokyo Olympics last year after a tough Tour de France.

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“Before and after the Tour de France I had a dialogue with Jumbo-Visma. And after the Tour they resolutely announced that Vingegaard was not planning to ride the World Cup,” Danish coach Anders Lund recently said. TV2 Sports.

“I always want all the professionals to stand up and put their hands in the air and want to ride for the national team, so I would have loved to see Vingegaard in the group of riders who want to ride the World Championships as well. But I take it into account, and I can see from the team that it will be more than effective anyway. So I sleep well at night.”

There are suggestions that Vingegaard has struggled to adjust to his status as Tour de France champion, with Jumbo-Visma director Frans Maassen indicating the Dane had had “a very difficult time” since the yellow jersey was sealed. .

“We would have loved to show him at the Tour of Denmark, but we also have to understand that it was difficult to win the Tour de France, with everything that comes with it,” said Maassen.

Meanwhile, Bernal continues his low-key return to racing after a near-fatal crash in January when he hit the back of a stationary city bus at full speed while training on his time trial bike.

He is expected to join the team in Croatia along with Jonathan Castroviejo, Michał Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas and Elia Viviani.

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