The Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport
'Roglic's Tour is over; Jumbo should put all their chips on Wout'
Brad and Graham look back on an unexpectedly epic Stage 7 of the Tour de France – the longest of this year's race – while still in quarantine in the Ardèche.
Bahrain Victorious rider Matej Mohorič stormed to the line first off the front of a fiercely strong breakaway that included Maillot Jaune Mathieu van der Poel and riders from practically every other team. "It was some feat," says Brad. "He never looked like flinching."
The big team not represented off in the break? Tadej Pogačar's UAE, who had to ride on the front of the pack for practically the entire stage, making them, in Brad's words: "The biggest losers of the day."
Primoz Roglic, meanwhile, finished a way behind – out of gas and out of hope.
"I felt for him today," says Brad. "He's suffering the consequences of his fall and his injuries. There's no way back for him after this."
Can Wout van Aert, now second on GC, take the lead for Jumbo Visma? Brad thinks now could be his big chance:
"Sometimes you have to take the opportunities when they arise. It landed on me in 2009 when Christian Vande Velde crashed out. Sometimes it's better when you're coming into a race not expecting to be a leader. He has two days in the mountains now to test himself, then a rest day and then we'll have a better idea of what Wout can do. Top 10 is feasible. Top 5? Who knows? I wouldn't discount a podium."
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