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"Yesterday I got a phone call from Bjarne with the decision. I am not happy about it, I think the team doesn't care about my health. I am 24 after all, 2 GTs in a row is a big challenge."

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28.06.2014 @ 20:33 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Rafal Majka will replace Roman Kreuziger on the Tinkoff-Saxo roster for the Tour de France. Yesterday the Pole was informed about the decision but heavily criticizes his team as he doesn't feel ready for another grand tour.

 

With today's announcement that Roman Kreuziger won't do the Tour de France due to an impending doping case, Tinkoff-Saxo have been in desperate need for another climber on their roster for the world's biggest race. The team has now decided to bring in Rafal Majka as replacement.

 

Majka recently did the Giro d'Italia as a team leader, ending the race in sixth overall, and was now set for a mid-season break before playing a support role for Alberto Contador in the Vuelta a Espana. Now he will have to serve his captain much earlier than planned as he will make his Tour de France debut in a week.

 

However, the decision doesn't please the Pole.

 

"Before the start of the season my calendar was primarily based on the Giro d` Italia, and later the Tour de Pologne and the Vuelta a Espana," he wrote in a statement on his Facebook page. "Upon completion of the Giro, the management team wondered about my start in the Tour de France, but I was skeptical about this idea.

"Since my return from Italy I have not trained much, I was very tired and still feel the effects of this 3-week race. I do not feel ready to compete in the Tour de France. Yesterday I got a phone call from Bjarne Riis, who said that my start in France has already been decided and that I have to go. 

"I'm not happy with this decision. I believe that the Tinkoff-Saxo management does not care about my health. I'm 24 years old and I believe that riding two Grand Tours in a row at my age is too much. I hope I am wrong. However, I have concerns.

"The main objective is to win with Alberto Contador, and I have to support him. The Tour de France is not an easy race and even the flat stages are hard."

 

The team is yet to announce its roster.

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