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7/18/2021

‘Phenomenal Van Aert favourite for Olympic gold’ | Maybe Merckx record is best left as is?

Season 4, Ep. 35
The Tour de France arrives on the Champs-Élysées for the most prestigious sprint stage in cycling. Sir Brad and Graham Willgoss were hoping for a bit of history from Mark Cavendish, but instead saw a thrilling finish in the heart of Paris and a third stage victory of the race for Wout van Aert.“I don’t think anyone would deny Van Aert,” says Brad. “What he’s done this race is truly exceptional. He’s won a mountain stage over the Ventoux, he’s won a time trial and he’s won a Champs-Élysées sprint stage. The kid is on another level in terms of his all-round ability.”And what about the resurgence of Mark Cavendish, who finished third on the day, the comeback story of the Tour?“I was disappointed for Cav,” says Brad. “I know he’s an absolute winner and he’ll be gutted with today. That was the one he wanted to win the most. But let’s look at what he’s come away with: equalling the record of Eddy Merckx, four stage wins and he’s taken the Green Jersey 10 years after he last won it.“It’s nice that he’s up there with Eddy Merckx… Sometimes things are best left as they are.”It’s Tokyo next for Van Aert. Can he carry his form into the Olympics?“Wout is the best rider in the world at the moment,” says Brad. “And the most versatile. The guy is phenomenal. I have huge respect for him.He’s now the favourite for the road race – he has to be. And I’d love to see him win it.”Brad, too, will be aboard the next flight to Japan with Podcast Pete. Catch him there for our next episode.Brought to you by Zwift, where fun is fast.The Bradley Wiggins Show is produced by Pete Burton.
7/18/2021

The loneliness of the Yellow Jersey | ‘Terrified Carapaz showed defeatist attitude’

Season 4, Ep. 34
Sir Brad and Graham 'door destroyer' Willgoss are in a brand new van talking Stage 20 of the Tour de France, whenTeam UAE’s 22-year-old Tadej Pogacar won his second Yellow Jersey with another masterful performance beyond his years.“I actually got a little bit emotional on the bike,” says Brad, who followed Pogacar on the moto. “Listening to the roar of noise coming up the road, and him shooting through – and the crowd went crazy.“I followed him for the last 10km to the end then, and he was shifting. He was rocking and rolling. It just shows that after three weeks of racing, he is not infallible. He is beatable, on any given day.”It was a moment that also took Brad back to the 2012 time trial.“I remember it being the most lonely, solitary place being in that time trial. And the whole world is watching you, being the leader of the Tour de France. Everything that’s going through your mind after three weeks of racing, the closer you get to the finish. And I knew exactly what he was going through.”Elsewhere, Brad wasn’t impressed with the approach of Team Ineos’s main man:“I went to the start house, and Richard Carapaz looked terrified… then he got up to fist-bump Jonas Vingegaard. It showed a defeatist attitude before he set off that he knew he wasn’t going to get those six seconds back.“There’s psychological warfare going on, and it’s a moment you can really put your opponents off by not doing much… If I’m sat there as Vingegaard, that says a lot to me.”On to sprints, champagne and perhaps a record-breaking final stage on the Champs-Elysees.Brought to you by Zwift, where fun is fast.The Bradley Wiggins Show is produced by Pete Burton.