The race caused an extraordinary number of incidents, including huge crashes, high-profile retirements and a solo show by Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – QuickStep) also won two stages on his return to the Tour – placing him within two of the all-time record, a stage he is hesitant to recognize – while the mountains created additional drama over the weekend.
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Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen) had an impressive run to win the 9th stage with more than five minutes and finish second in the general classification, while Pogacar moved away from his main rivals to strengthen his grip on yellow.
The latest episode of The Bradley Wiggins Show saw the 2012 Tour champion reflect on an eventful opening week.
“I think everyone needs a rest. It feels like we’ve done three weeks of Tour, it’s been wild, ”said Wiggins.
“I don’t remember a Tour like this for a long time. It was a brutal Tour de France.
He added, “To say it’s only been a week since we did it. We have two weeks of racing left and the peloton is decimated. He is absolutely decimated.
Wiggins backed Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) to bounce back from the disappointment of seeing his overall hopes evaporate and fight for a stage victory. The Welshman is 39’42 ”back in the general classification after a horrible outing on the 8th stage which also saw Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) suffer and then retire.
“I don’t think this race is over for G yet,” Wiggins said.
“It’s definitely for GC, it would be nice to see Ineos flaunt his numbers a bit and let G come up the road.
“He’s capable of doing something like Ben O’Connor and that’s something you’re not used to seeing from a Team Sky or Ineos perspective. It would be nice to see that. ”
Wiggins was also delighted to see Cavendish cross the cutoff line. The Manx missile will feature in the second week after returning home on Sunday with just 97 seconds to spare.
“I saw him let go on the first climb, and he had three or four teammates around him,” Wiggins said.
“It shows the difference a team makes for you, committed to a cause and committed to Mark as well.
“And it shows that he was missing from the team a few years ago, and he’s back in his rightful place. “
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