The battle for position is made all the more difficult for Sivakov as he heads into the uncharted territory of a third week in a stage race. His Grand Tour debut was cut short at the 2018 Vuelta a Espana after injuries from a crash caught up with him, just shy of the second rest day.
On his first foray into a third week, Sivakov admitted: “It’s a new thing for me so I’m going into the unknown a bit. We’ll see how it goes but it’s a nice thing for me. I just hope to keep having the same legs and maybe improve even. It’s always possible that some guys will crack. You just have to hope that it’s not you.
“Yesterday I didn’t feel too good and I was really happy to arrive at the rest day. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. That’s one of the biggest tests of the entire race. We’ll see who is up there and who isn’t. It’s going to be interesting for sure.”