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Danish climber close on the Tour: - I'm a little nervous

2020 is a strange year for the sport, where the season gets crazy compressed, when it truly is launched in the middle of July.

It can also be a breakthrough year for the 25-year-old Niklas Oak. Friday joined the Trek-Segafredo indeed, that the Danish climber is part of the nine-man bruttotrup to the Tour de France. A squad that also includes world champion Mads Pedersen, who, however, considered as a safe participant.

But Oak is not far from the. For just a single rider must be sieved off, and the odds of a Tour-debut for Eg is thus quite good, although he almost did not dare to believe in it yourself.

- There are probably a handful of riders that are safe, and then we go other and dreaming of the last seats. It will be interesting to see how it ends.

It makes me get a little nervous. It gives just a little extra voltage. You would like to dig a little extra deep to training and be ready. It is a great motivator.

- Right now I'm very torn and am thinking that it is 50/50, says Niklas Oak for Extra Magazine.

- To be for the Tour is the pinnacle of the sport, and every time someone asks me if I have been running the Tour de France, which I have nicely had to answer no.

- So this is what I'm passionate about, and I put p.t. all my energy to be as sharp as possible when the season begins, so I can prove that it must be me, says the Danish mountain rider.

He, together with most of the Tour squad to the French alps on a training camp in the middle of July, and then it is on a strip of French optaktsløb with many mountains. And it is here, he must turn to, if the dream of the Tour de France to come true.

- Yes, I am thinking that it is. I shall keep me to be good running and show that I can help much in stages in relation to our klassementryttere, Bauke (Mollema, ed.) and Richie (Porte, red).

- It is a tough Tour, and the route has many vertical meters. So I hope that it is a type like me, they need.

Right now he trains at home in Girona in Spain, and he feels that he has gotten something good out of coronapausen.

- the Feel is good. And the training, I'm running just for the time being, are of good quality. So I hope that I can turn it into something positive and get something out of it in both the short and long term.

- I think in general, that I have moved my level for this season, and it is also why the team gives me the confidence to take me in bruttotruppen. Just it is a pat on the shoulder, says Niklas Oak.

I have been with Trek-Segafredo since 2018 and have previously run both the Giro d'italia and the Vuelta a España for the team.

Trek-Segafredos Tour-squad

Bauke Mollema (Hol)
Richie Porte (Aus)
Jasper Stuyven (Bel)
Niklas Eg (Dan)
Alex Kirsch (Lux)
Tom Skujins (Easy)
Dylan Theuns (Bel)
Mads Pedersen (Dan)
Kenny Elissonde (Fra)

A Tour-the team consists of eight riders - a must is sieved off.

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