The Tour de France is underway with defending champions Ineos Grenadiers looking vulnerable at times. However, former Team Sky rider and 2012 Tour de France winnner Bradley Wiggins says Dave Brailsford won’t allow the squad to be bullied.
Following Stage 6, Wiggins told Eurosport: “It was classic Dave Brailsford.
“The first few days it was clear it wasn’t like the Ineos we have become accustomed to over the past couple of years, riding at the front, making their presence felt.
“Today, from the first kilometre, they were right up there and Jumbo-Visma were very happy for them to ride up there and they stuck behind.
“It was a statement of intent from Ineos today, showing they would not let other teams bully them around and that is classic Dave Brailsford.”
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Wiggins thinks Adam Yates has what it takes to win the Tour de France.
Yates will join Ineos in 2021 after turning down a contract extension at Mitchelton-Scott.
“I think Dave Brailsford will be looking at him and thinking that he’s already proven himself capable to win a Tour de France” Wiggins added.
“He’s an amazing rider, lots of the guys that grew up with him and Simon in the academy will actually say Adam is the better rider of the two, which is quite something when you consider Simon’s palmarès.
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“He’s a phenomenal talent, and we keep saying he’s a talent, but he’s actually already achieving.
“This is his time now, he’s at that age, they are such down to earth lads, so measured, so level headed and I think he’s the model athlete for Dave Brailsford in that setup and I see them moulding him into winning, maybe not the Tour de France, but Giros and Vueltas for sure – imagine him going up against his brother!”
How to follow Tour de France 2020
There are multiple ways to watch the Tour de France this year.
ITV4 will be showing live coverage and highlights in the UK.
This means fans will be able to stream the action via the ITV Hub app for free.
Additional coverage is also available on Eurosport, which will be providing extensive coverage throughout the continent.
There is no live radio coverage of the Tour de France in the UK this year.
However, the Tour’s official app provides live updates during each stage.
Tour de France 2020 odds (thepools.com)
Roglic, Primoz 7/10
Bernal, Egan 14/5
Pinot, Thibaut 17/2
Dumoulin, Tom 10/1
Pogacar, Tadej 14/1
Yates, Adam 16/1
Quintana, Nairo 16/1
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