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Serge Bowles at Vive le Vélo: "If Ineos still had ambition to win the Tour, they'd have to gamble" |  Vive le Vélo - July 19, 2022

Serge Bowles at Vive le Vélo: “If Ineos still had ambition to win the Tour, they’d have to gamble” | Vive le Vélo – July 19, 2022

After 16 stages, Ineos Grenadiers with Geraint Thomas (3rd), Adam Yates 6) and Thomas Pidcock (10) still have three riders at the top of the standings. Colombian Daniel Felipe Martinez also appears to be improving after a difficult week.

The British star formation has won the tour no fewer than 7 times in the past decade with Froome, Thomas and Bernal. Can he now settle for a place on the podium for Thomas?

“In the team, the Ineos should really take the fight,” Bowles said at Vive le Vélo. “They are all some kind of diesel engine. They don’t react to the sharp attacks of Pojjar and Vinggaard because they go very fast.”

“The only solution is that they are really going to try it from afar. Tomorrow there are going to be 4 really tough hikes in a row with few chances to recover. I hope Yates and Thomas will dare to try it from farther. If they have the ambition to win the Tour, they have to gamble really hard.”

“I was actually hoping that they’d try something today. The question then is if they can, or rather, blend in.”

Lotto Soudal’s young promise Alec Segaert also sees opportunities there: “It’s going to be very difficult man-to-man, but there may be other ways to get around it. Going further may really be the answer.”

The most logical battle in the coming days will be between Tadej Pojakar and Jonas Vinggaard. The young Slovenian promised fireworks and he also kept that promise, but he couldn’t break the Dane’s rise at the moment.

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“I also noticed a certain skepticism,” said Loc Segaert, Alec’s brother and coach, at Vive le Vélo. “He also has his doubts about whether it will still work and that is of course normal.”

“He said he’d keep trying every climb,” Pauwels continues. “Although with him you feel that it will be very difficult.”

“It’s true that Pogacar has always had a great day on every big tour. Last season he was at that point to Le Grand Bornand where he took 3 minutes in competition. If that day hasn’t come yet, it’s possible.”