Brad steps off the bike after Stage 16 of the Tour de France to talk over the day's events with Graham Willgoss in Toulouse – Brad's home when he first signed for the Linda McCartney Racing Team.
"It was quite an anti-climatic day for the GC on a stage where everyone is pre-empting the next two days," says Brad. "It might have been one stage too many. The race is in bits already. The harder you make the course... it almost neutralised the race today with what they've done already and what's to come."
Bora-Hansgrohe's Patrick Konrad proved strongest on the day, with another breakaway win. It is, says Brad, an impressive turnaround: "Kudos to Bora! They've had a great race since Peter Sagan went home."
With time running out for Ineos to make up time with Richard Carapaz, Brad is certain the next two summit finish stages will provide a platform to take the fight for the yellow jersey to Tadej Pogacar.
"I think the next two days, Ineos are looming to do something."
And what of the race for green - can anyone really challenge Mark Cavendish?
"Michael Matthews is the one," says Brad. "He's been in the break the last two days... He's not going to win a stage – he always falls short because of the severity of the stages and he's kind of halfway between being a sprinter and a puncheur. But by notching up points like he has been, he's become a serious threat to Cav's green jersey."
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