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

Analysis of stage 2 of the 2021 Tour de France
Analysis of stage 2 of the 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

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 Mûr 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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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.