Dave Brailsford: I am pretty confident we are going to have the Tour this year


Team Ineos head David Brailsford is of the opinion that the Tour will happen this summer and not only that, but if there is any chance of staging it safely, organisers ASO should go for it.

“I must say I am pretty confident we are going to have the Tour this year. It will be different but everything is different at the minute. There might be social distancing among fans, and other regulations, but we will be back racing.”

Chris Froome is one short of the current record of five Tour de France wins, and the delay might help him in his recovery from serious shoulder injury.

“He’s not complaining [about the postponement], let’s put it that way.”

“The one thing about him is, cor, the guy can train,” he said. “What he’s doing in his man cave over there… it is just insane it really is. I do think he sees it as an opportunity. And it is an opportunity, let’s face it.

“If it gives him a little edge where he thinks he can train harder than the rest, and make up for lost time when he was injured – he sees that as well as everybody else and he’s making the most of it, there’s no doubt about it.”

“I wouldn’t say this year is last-chance saloon but certainly they [Froome and Geraint Thomas] are in the twilight of their careers,” Brailsford says.

“Time doesn’t wait for anybody. So I think it’s important to them that we do get a Tour this year.”


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