Pogačar the patron of the peloton | ‘Cav has the whole race against him’
Matej Mohorič wheeled away from the break to take a second victory on Stage 19 of the Tour de France on a day when Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar showed the pack who’s the boss.
“It was good to see him taking control of the race from the leader’s point of view, because everyone looks up to him now, he’s clearly the best rider, and I think that’s a good sign of the next few years, of what’s to come,” says Brad. “I think we’ve got a patron back in the peloton.
“Marking his dominance, at the front of the peloton, in the Yellow Jersey, on world TV, I thought that’s exactly what he should be doing. There’s no unity in the peloton.”
Brad also gives co-host Graham Willgoss a crash course in crash tactics from his 2012 playbook, and questions whether there is unrest in the Team Ineos camp.
Break, or bunch sprint? That was the question on a stage where the big question was whether Mark Cavendish would surpass Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage victories.
“It doesn’t work out every day,” says Brad. “The team has done quite a big job to get him to this point and the racing’s frantic. It’s not always as easy as just making it become a sprint when you’ve got the whole race against you, which I think he has, reading between the lines. It’s very difficult. Everyone will know it was the last-chance saloon for a lot of people today, so it was always going to be difficult to control and martial it.”
So, where does that leave Cav? “The record is still on,” says Brad. “He’s got the Green Jersey sewn up.”
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