"After that, it will be as it has always been. Everyone will reach their physical limitations, and then everyone will soon know their place again."
Thomas de Gendt's ridiculous power stats from his breakaway Stage 8 Tour de France win
He and his family have relocated from their home in Belgium back to his Spanish training base, ready for the shorter stage races plus the Tour and Vuelta. He is expected to begin his season at the Tour de Pologne (August 5-9), followed by the Tour de Wallonie (August 16-19), the Tour de France (August 29-September 20), concluding with the Vuelta in October.
"That short succession of races looks as though it could count in my favour," he said, "although it remains to be seen for everyone what mental and physical damage might have been caused in recent months."