In this episode of Put Your Socks On, co-hosts Bobby Julich, himself Tour podium himself, and retired rider Gus Morton reflect on the highlights, lowlights and surprises of this year’s Tour de France.
In the plus column, to begin with, there is was a Tour de France – and it came all the way to Paris. In the year of Covid, only the existence of the race was successful.
But the race turned out to be filled with drama until the end of the stage 20 time trial.
Bobby and Gus break down their favorite stages and performances, explain how the green jersey competition played out in the race like never before, and analyze what Jumbo-Visma has done right and wrong.
Bobby is also speculating on what all this means for former Tour winners Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, both absent from this edition.
“It’s going to be tough for both of you,” Bobby says. “And they’re probably two of my favorite riders. I have the greatest respect for them. But with this new generation of these young riders being kind of headed the right way to do it, I think it’s going to be really tough, just from a recovery standpoint, because when you’re racing against 12 guys. at 14 years younger than you, I mean, logic says they’re going to be able to recover a little better.
Tune in for a 20/20 version of the Tour de France 2020.