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Van Aert performance up there with the greats - but should he target GC?
Brad and Matt are joined by the one and only Bernie Eisel our Stage 4 pod from the Tour de France as the gang reflect on a quite stunning performance from Wout van Aert, who blew the peloton away in yellow for his first stage win at the Tour.
There's plenty of discussion about his greatness - but should he be looking to transition into a GC rider, with ambitions of maybe one day even winning a Tour de France?
Brad's own experience in doing so reveals some of the sacrifices a rider like Van Aert would need to make to achieve this dream.
Plus there's a look ahead to Wednesday's cobbled stage and why it could be a day for Geraint Thomas...
The Bradley Wiggins Show is Edited by Chris Watts.
Produced by Pete Burton.
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13. ‘Superhuman’ Pidcock can win Tour one day | Froome still world class22:05Bradley Wiggins and Matt Stephens return to discuss Stage 12 of the Tour de France on the latest episode of the Bradley Wiggins Show.There’s praise for Tom Pidcock whose “almost superhuman” performance left Matt on the verge of tears after he became the youngest ever winner on Alpe d’Huez. The 22-year-old became the second British winner – after Geraint Thomas - on the iconic col and Wiggins has tipped the Yorkshireman as a winner of the Tour de France in the future. The 2012 winner thinks that the Tour de France suits him best of all the Grand Tours. There is also praise for the new environment on show at his team Ineos under the guidance of Steve Cummings and Rod Ellingworth. Arguably, though, the story of the day was Chris Froome’s return to form with a third-placed finish. Wiggins says it is testament to his resilience and perseverance to return to world-class form following three years of rehabilitation.The Bradley Wiggins Show is edited by Chris Watts.Produced by Pete Burton.
12. The moment the Tour completely changed | In praise of Jumbo's masterplan27:15In the latest episode of the Tour de France Bradley Wiggins and Matt Stephens look back on a chaotic day at the Tour de France, was this the stage where the Tour completely changed? There's praise for Jumbo-Visma, who executed "one of the best tactical plans" we've seen at the Tour in recent years. Can Jonas Vingegaard hold on to yellow or will we maybe see a response from the two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar? Stay tuned throughout the show to hear from a couple of special podcast guests, as they drop in and give us their thoughts on the day's racing. Plus why Wout van Aert reminds us of our colleague Sean Kelly, and do we need to have a "Oldest Rider of the Tour" jersey?The Bradley Wiggins Show is edited by Chris Watts.Produced by Pete Burton.
11. Protests and Covid hit Tour | What does future hold for Cav?20:36After a less-than-impressive McDonalds in Albertville, Brad and Matt sit down at a hotel to discuss an eventful Stage 10, just metres away from a flip-flop wearing Wout van Aert.It was Magnus Cort Nielsen who secured a very richly-deserved victory, but did Tadej Pogacar try, and fail, to lose the yellow jersey?It was also a day of non-sporting headlines. First, as Covid returned to haunt the peloton with Pogacar losing key team-mate George Bennett.And second, as climate change protesters forced a halt to the race. Brad was on the scene on the bike and reflects on what he saw.Finally, we look ahead to a “big, big day” on Wednesday with the Galibier awaiting the riders, and Brad and Matt discuss what Mark Cavendish’s options could be after Patrick Lefevere let slip he will be leaving at the end of the season….The Bradley Wiggins Show is edited by Chris Watts.Produced by Pete Burton.
10. Pogacar 'doesn't use strength of yellow jersey' | Why second week suits G35:48It's a rest day at the Tour de France and Brad is joined by Matt and Bernie ahead of Stage 10 on Monday.The gang review the first full week of the Tour, and the first topic of discussion is race leader Tadej Pogacar - who, despite being a two-time winner, Brad believes doesn't fully use the strength and power that having the yellow jersey confers.Brad says the young Slovenian "doesn't realise his status in the sport" and reflects on his own experiences when leading the greatest race in the world in 2012, and the power attached to the famous jersey in terms of dictating the terms of the race.Brad also says Pogacar arguably lacks the road captains to make the difference, recalling the time that Michael Rogers took a decision on his behalf in 2012 to ensure Team Sky abandoned a chase of a breakaway in order to focus on GC, a decision which did not amuse Mark Cavendish...Geraint Thomas is still nicely placed in GC and Bernie says the projected hot temperatures over the next week could favour G, having kept his powder dry thus far. Brad says he's never seen his former team-mate so relaxed.There's discussions on Tom Pidcock, Primoz Roglic and predictions on what is still to come. And the three discuss the moments watching the Tour as a child which made them want to be a professional cyclist.
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8. ‘Pogacar fears him’ - Jonas Vingegaard earns respect of Tour leader on Super Planche19:53Tadej Pogacar may have ripped to a second straight win at the Tour de France on Stage 7, but the late burst from Jonas Vingegaard means we could yet have a GC battle after all. Brad and Matt dissect a thrilling finale and wonder whether the Slovenian sensation is afraid of the altitude-loving Dane. Oh, and in an ode to their favourite yogurt, Brad and Matt also coin the first draft of their Yop Song…The Bradley Wiggins Show is edited by Chris Watts.Produced by Pete Burton.
7. The Tour is over as Tadej Pogacar takes yellow | 10 years since Brad wore the maillot jaune22:53The writing could be on the wall for the rest of the Tour as Tadej Pogacar moved into yellow after a brilliant finish to Stage 6. Brad and Matt look back on a very different day to that of the carnage 24 hours earlier. There’s praise for Wout van Aert as well as bemusement over his and Jumbo-Visma’s strategy following his thrilling but ultimately futile early attack. There’s also a look ahead to the ‘Super Plange’ of Stage 7 as well as a look back as Brad recalls ‘the biggest thing that ever happened to me’ exactly ten years on from his own triumph after taking the yellow jersey at the same venue.The Bradley Wiggins Show is Edited by Chris Watts.Produced by Pete Burton.
6. Disaster for Roglic, Pogacar soars | Should Tour have cobbles chaos?15:27After a breathless and nervy Stage 5 of the Tour de France, which witnessed carnage on the cobbles, Brad and Matt catch up while driving past the iconic Arenberg.Simon Clarke took a tremendous win but the real story of the day was a succession of major incidents involving big-name riders.Jack Haig was forced to withdraw, Primoz Roglic dislocated his shoulder and had to pop it back in - and that was after yellow jersey Wout van Aert had crashed and then almost hit a car when trying to rejoin the group.All in all it was a disastrous day for Jumbo-Visma, as Roglic conceded almost two minutes to Tadej Pogacar, which might have ended his GC hopes already.But Geraint Thomas came through largely unscathed and is one of three Ineos riders in the top 10, along with Adam Yates and Tom Pidcock.To finish, Brad and Matt debate whether the spectacle of the cobbles is worth the toll it takes on the peloton...