What can cycling learn from football? How Manchester United's new manager inspired Jumbo-Visma's Tour de France tactics

Jumbo-Visma DS Merijn Zeeman leaned on Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag in order to find a way to beat Tadej Pogačar

Jumbo-Visma Tour de France Erik ten Hag Manchester United
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While Erik ten Hag attempted to implement his training philosophies on his new Manchester United side during their preseason Tour of Australia in July, his tactics were being utilised to greater effect much closer to home.

Following a disappointing two Tours de France for the team, Jumbo-Visma entered the 2022 edition looking to topple the seemingly indomitable Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates). The Slovenian had devastated Primož Roglič and Jumbo-Visma's hearts at the 2020 Tour de France with a stunning time trial performance, before storming to a successive victory a year later.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.