In today’s episode of the Cyclingnews Tour de France podcast sponsored by British Eurosport, Stephen Farrand and Zeb Woodpower discuss the news of the second rest day after attending several press conferences in and around Gap.
They were up early to speak with Tejay van Garderen at BMC and then heard race leader Chris Froome talk about his hopes for the decisive Alpine stages and the release of his data from the first stage in the Pyrenees to La Pierre-Saint-Martin. Dave Brailsford defended Team Sky in the face of recent accusations and innuendo, with Tim Kerrison talking through Froome’s data.While it was fascinating to hear, it is still to be seen if the data will silence Froome’s critics and the doubts about Team Sky.
In the afternoon, other teams held their press conferences with a large group of media standing in the sun in the car park of the Tinkoff-Saxo hotel as Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan and Oleg Tinkov held court. Tinkov turned out to be the star of the event, going on the attack and criticising Tour de France organiser ASO just hours before going to dinner with them in Gap to discuss the future of the sport.
Don’t miss his thoughts on ASO, the French and how he thinks professional cycling must evolve so it can survive in the future.
At the end of the second rest day, after riders headed into the hills to keep their legs turning, thoughts also turned to the first alpine stage to Pra-Loup and who will attack on the descent of the Col d’Allos.
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