Yates was part of management when he raced under the Sky banner between 2010 and 2012 and helped guide Bradley Wiggins to Britain’s first Tour de France title. He left at the end of 2012, but was critical of the team’s outlook for this year’s race, especially after the 13th leg when defending champion Egan Bernal ran for more than half a minute from both race leader Primoz Rogic and Tadze Pogacar Lost. Bernal now sits 59 seconds overall, 59 seconds led by Rosic but 13 inios on the podium set the pace to climb the penalty, only to stun Bernal.
“It’s a strange strategy,” L’Equipe According to reports by Yates.
According to Yates, his former team is used to riding with a strategy and they struggle to develop new strategies, although they have at least seen Jumbo Wisma sending Pavel Sivakov on the road in stage 13 Forced to work.
“I think they are so used to imposing their way of racing on others that they struggle to do anything different. When you’ve won so much, it’s hard to adapt. If your team There are three leaders in, as it should have been last year, for example, making the race harder to weaken its rivals is a logical strategy.
“But Ios came on this tour with a sole leader who is clearly not level. It would be better to stay in the wheels rather than spend their energy in vain.”
However, the bottom line is that Bernal is not yet in a position to dominate the tour as he did in the final few stages of 2019. He has looked better than the Criterium do Dupine a few weeks ago and even told reporters. The end of Stage 13, which was his number on the final climb, was some of his best. However, the defending champion has been omitted when Rogic and Pogacar have shown aggression and Yates has also questioned the team’s training schedule regarding Bernal’s lockdown time at Columbia.
“Enos came to the tour thinking Bernal was the best rider in the peloton. Setting the tempo is useful when you have the best rider – the more speed you set, the bigger the interval he can make in the finale. But at that moment, the best rider is Primoz Rosic. He is flying. ”
“The general level has gone up. With each step, climbing records are beaten, but it is clear that Bernal has not followed that trend. I ask myself about the impact that the lockdown in Colombia has had on him, and the quality of his training. I know that he did many rides around 300 km, without a solid base. Was that well calculated? I think all this was not beneficial for him. Questions are asked about his preparation. ”
Of course, Ineos came into this year’s race without Nicholas Portal. The Frenchman tragically died earlier this year and the British team tried not to find any direct replacements during the year. Instead, Dave Brilsford has looked to spread the portal’s former duties within the current management structure. According to Yates, while this approach may sound good on paper, it does not translate well in race situations where quick decisions need to be made.
“I don’t know if this is enough to explain their current strategic problems, but Niko embodies Enos’ success, and with success comes confidence. His death was a shock to the riders – it deeply affected him. He had been pulling strings for years.
“Now, there are four directors and we don’t really know who says the shot. It’s a fairly fluid situation. In a race, everything has to be handled in an automatic way. Once a stage is underway, you don’t have time. . Organizing a videoconference to decide on the strategy. Earlier, when there was a hole in the boat, it was in Nikko to fix it. But in cycling, in life, nothing lasts forever. “