As the dust settles on the 2021 Tour de France , there are so many top teams having to ask themselves where it went wrong and what can they do to rectify the situation.
Of course, amongst the incidents and crashes of the opening days, there is some explanation as to why Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates ) seemingly strolled to a second consecutive victory but that’ll be of little comfort to those who failed to meet the expectations they held at the start.
When pre-race contenders are crushed by the race or literally fall by the wayside, the debrief can be an uncomfortable place to be for all concerned.
What has become quite clear during the 2021 Tour de France is that the second crowning of Pogačar wasn’t in any way the surprise that his debut win was last year. There may have been murmurs that he somehow stole the 2020 edition from Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) but that thinking can’t remotely be applied this time around.
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He was quite simply the best rider in the race and if that continues to be the case, which looks very likely, then it’s going to be difficult to overcome him in the future. The debate of whether UAE Team Emirates were capable of controlling the race or not was a distraction, and, to put it in really simple terms, […]