Ineos Grenadiers boss Brailsford says 'expect the unexpected' at Tour de France

LE GRAND BORNAND FRANCE JULY 03 Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 8 a 1508km stage from Oyonnax to Le GrandBornand LeTour TDF2021 on July 03 2021 in Le Grand Bornand France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) battles in pursuit of Tadej Pogacar on stage 8 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogačar laid down the law with a vengeance on the first mountain stage of the Tour de France on Saturday but Ineos Grenadiers team management continue to insist that they will keep fighting and that the race is far from over.

Prior to the Tour, Ineos were widely viewed as the strongest team in terms of multiple GC contenders and their long experience at Tour de France and Grand Tour success was also held to be to their advantage. 

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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.