Rafal Majka has confirmed that he will target the Tour de France next season.
The Bora-hansgrohe rider was in 10th place overall at this year’s Tour before a crash on stage 9 brought an end to his race.
“The team informed me that I will be a leader in Tour. I would like to avoid bad luck,” Majka said. “If everything goes well, I am not worried about my form, because I know that I can prepare well. I hope that if the previous season was unlucky, the next one will be much better.
“This year I was well prepared for [the] Tour – I’m not saying that I could fight for the win, but for the top-five for sure.”
“For sure there will also be a selection on the stage with paved sections. However, we have a strong team, so it should be good. I plan to make a reconnaissance of the route of all paved sections after Tirreno-Adriatico. We will train there with the whole team. We were promised this because Peter [Sagan] will want to win the stage there and I will have to be in front.”
“We will see how I feel about the Vuelta afterwards, but somewhere in the back of my head, due to the demanding route, I also have the World Championships in mind. In spite of everything, my goal is not just the World Championships, nor Vuelta, but the Tour de France. What will happen later, we’ll see.”