Colombian Egan Bernal, 23, last year became the youngest winner in the competition in over a hundred years. He won before the teammate of Team Ineos (former Team Sky) Geraint Thomas who could not defend his title from 2018.

During the summer, prior to the tour, four-time winner Chris Froome suffered severe injuries and had to spend several months in hospital, followed by prolonged rehabilitation. He will make a comeback in the major contexts of the Tour de France.

The stall thus has three conceivable captains that the auxiliary riders should drive for.

- There are two British riders who represent a British stable so I understand how the stable can think on this issue. It would be advantageous for the stable to advance Chris to a fifth victory, Bernal thinks according to Eurosport.

The first stages will set the tone

Given that the cycling season is on pause, this year's Tour de France, which starts in Nice July 29, will be more uncertain than ever. The classic was originally decided in June and July.

- During the first stages we will see in what form we are in, which will clear more and more during the race. Even though I'm a reigning champion, I can't go to the stable and ask to be captain, Bernal thinks.

If Bernal's legs are fresh, his tactics are clear. He should go for a new title.

- I have already won the Tour de France and I will not lose the opportunity to win again, clearly. If I am in 100 percent form, I will not sacrifice myself, which none of the others will either, Bernal says, indicating delicate decisions that will need to be handled by the leadership of Team Ineos.