Brailsford said: “We thought the high risk area is where everyone sits down to eat. They take off their masks and sit together for over 15 minutes and that’s one of the riskiest scenarios. That’s why we brought in a second chef.
“We have our kitchen truck, so we have a chef for the riders as usual and the second cook for all the staff. All the staff ate outside [the hotel] since we got here. Once you buy into it, you’re really good. ”
Although some maskless supporters crowd the riders during the Pyrenean stages, Brailsford called the Tour very positive, saying: “All the teams, the organizers, ASO, have come together to make it happen. It was well thought out. It’s a bit more organized and, dare I say it, less chaotic than a normal Tour.
His team manager, defending champion Egan Bernal, is in second place overall, behind Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, but Brailsford admitted their Tour had a rough start. “This first stage in Nice did something for the race. It scared everyone. It was a disturbing experience for the runners. It was so dangerous, so chaotic, that it shook everyone and it set the tone.
Brailsford suggested that Bernal enjoyed the relentless days of making rhythm for Roglic’s all-star team. “We are second in the general classification, we did a bit of wheelchair riding, and Jumbo-Visma lost Tom Dumoulin outside GC, which is surprising.
Commenting on the performance of his rival team, he said: “It is difficult to manage a strong team and you have to know how and when to use force.
“Sometimes if you have a super strong runner you can kill your own team if you’re not careful. But they accepted it and you have to respect them for it.
“If someone else is ready to take the pressure of the race and we can take advantage of it, if they are ready to do the job and put in the energy, then it’s possible that everyone will. take advantage.
Bernal, plagued with back problems at the start of the Tour, is now showing signs of his best form. “Egan looks good,” Brailsford said. “We thought we were fighting a two-pronged attack with Roglic and Dumoulin, but it’s only one, so we would definitely take where we are now. We think we can win.