Tour de France 2021 - 'Ineos are looming' - Bradley Wiggins expects attack from Richard Carapaz and co on Stage 16
Bradley Wiggins feels Team Ineos will launch some sort of attack on Stage 17 of the Tour de France. Ineos are sixth in the team rankings with Richard Carapaz sitting in fourth in the race for the yellow jersey. "The next two days are going to be crucial to that and I think Ineos are going to launch something," Wiggins said on his Eurosport podcast.
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“I don’t know which way. Maybe the podium, maybe the yellow jersey. It’ll be a big ask. Something is going to have to be seriously wrong with Pogacar to lose that jersey at this stage, but you just never know in the Tour de France.”
Another interesting battle is the race for the green jersey, with Mark Cavendish still in the driving seat.
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BikeExchange rider Michael Matthews, however, has been making strides to peg Cavendish back and Wiggins thinks his team will throw everything at the green jersey rider in the next race.
“Matthews isn’t going to win a sprint against Cav (Cavendish),” Wiggins explained.
“He's not going to win a stage – he always falls short because of the severity of the stages and he's kind of halfway between being a sprinter and a puncheur.
SAINT-GAUDENS, FRANCE - JULY 13: Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia and UAE-Team Emirates yellow leader jersey & Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021, Stage 16 a 169km stage from Pas de la Casa to Sai
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“But by notching up points like he has been, he's become a serious threat to Cav's green jersey. You have to hope for Cav for the next few days, because Michael’s got a job on his hands and he seems to be getting in good form.”
“I think [Cavendish’s] team will rally around him,” he continued.