Tour de France 2022 – Bradley Wiggins questions the cobblestones: “We were robbed of the Pogacar-Roglic duel”

Two minutes and eight seconds is what the cobblestone stage cost Primoz Roglic in time on Tadej Pogacar. Unlucky as so often, the Slovenian was the big loser of a spectacular day led at a crazy pace, especially in the final under the battering of the double defending champion. Is all this useful? Bradley Wiggins, former winner and Eurosport consultant, asks the question. “There’s a lot of luck involved, isn’t there?”, he advances.

As spectacular as the cobblestones are for viewers and for us, we see the carnage and damage they cause to the men who prepare for this year-round race.“, continues a Wiggins, “torn“between the pleasure he had on Wednesday and the stress caused to the riders who are aiming for the general classification.

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I ask the question: is it a necessity to have a stage like this in the first week with everything we already had?asks “Wiggo”. Of course, we could say that Pogacar has done very well and the most complete riders manage it, but there’s a lot of luck involved, isn’t there?“Primoz Roglic, caught in a fall because of a badly positioned straw bale between two sectors, is certainly of the same opinion.

As a show it’s amazing I think it adds a bit of spice to the proceedings it’s a wonderful advertisement for the sporthe ignites. But I temper that with the fact that I fully understand why some pros may not want to ride the cobblestones. We all knew, before today’s stage, that one or two riders were going to lose their hopes of a good general classification.”

So it was Roglic or O’Connor and even Haig, forced to retire. “We were robbed of the Pogacar-Roglic duel scheduled in the mountains because of a haystackregrets our consultant. I think that’s where we have to draw the line: Roglic hasn’t been left behind by force of foot. He was left behind by bad luck.”

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