Dreaming big and keeping faith: Allan Peiper on UAE's Tour de France win

UAE Team Emirates Pogacar Gianetti Peiper Matxin Tour de France 2020
Allan Peiper (left of Tadej Pogačar) celebrates winnning the 2020 Tour de France with UAE Team Emirates (Image credit: PhotoFizza/UAE Team Emirates)

On the Tour de France's second rest day Allan Peiper sat his UAE Team Emirates squad down and told them that winning the race was within their grasp. All they had to do, he said, was stick to the plan and believe.

When Peiper spoke there were more than a few individuals left looking around and scratching their heads. Was this guy for real? At that point in the race, Tadej Pogačar has ridden back towards the top of the standings, having made up for his slip-up in the crosswinds to win a stage and head into the rest-day second overall and just 40 seconds off Primož Roglič's race lead, but Jumbo Visma looked unbreakable, and the yellow jersey looked destined for the Dutch team.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.