Sir Brad and Graham Willgoss look back on Stage 14 of the Tour de France, and Bauke Mollema's 40km lone attack that saw him climb to victory in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
"That was the most impressive race I’ve seen him win," says Brad. "He had a lot of work to do, and I’m surprised there weren't more attacks from behind to try and bring him back in."
The Trek-Segafredo man picked his moment to take advantage of a peloton Brad believes has many riders running on fumes:
"There were so many tired legs today. A lot of people are really spent now, on this Tour. The race has just been frantic – they got through 100km in the first two hours."
On a day when UAE were happy for the break to go, there was some criticism as to why they wouldn’t commit earlier to driving on the front. But Brad believes Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogacar’s right to say other teams have got to take up the riding with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), the day's big winner, jumping from ninth to second overall.
“That’s put more pressure on Ineos and EF Education First from Rigo Uran’s point of view,” says Brad. “And it was either a tactical coup, or they bluffed it.”
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