Contador: Mur de Bretagne finish guarantees a Tour de France leader who’ll count long-term

Contador: Mur de Bretagne finish guarantees a Tour de France leader who’ll count long-term



Multiple Tour de France winner Alberto Contador believes that the 2021 race will be even more open than in recent editions but warns that the favourites cannot afford to wait to begin to show their hands. On the contrary, ‘El Pistolero’ believes that climbs like Sunday’s finishing ascent to the Mur de Bretagne all but guarantee a GC battle from the gun and the favourites – like  Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) – will need to be in on it.

In Grand Tours, where multiple favourites can rise to the top of GC there’s often a tendency for the contenders to play a defensive game. But as Contador sees it, that can’t happen in 2021, largely thanks to the demanding early part of the Tour route.



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