Lcountdown to the Tour de France 2022 was activated a long time ago. With the completion of Dauphin or Switzerland, most of the favorites have completed their preparation. And questions are asked. One has to do with choosing the man to fight the two top favorites, YouAdej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic. In a special way, in the third parties in contention, an INEOS Grenadiers who are still in top form but live under the total dilemma: Who is their leader?
Because if the recent history of the Tour has taught us anything, it is that competing with three tricks does not usually lead to anything good. happened to that one Movistar de Landa, Quintana and Valverde. The team must assign several tricks, of course, but working with a defined idea is paramount. In the British team and with the absences of Egan Bernal due to injury and Richard Carapaz after competing in the Giro, there are three names: Adam Yates, Geraint Thomas and Daniel Felipe Martínez.
It increases after the victory of the Welshman in the Tour de Suisse. “I hope to compete at the top in the Tour, although Pogacar in front will be something different,” he explained. He asks to pass and asks Ineos to trust his penultimate winner of the ‘Grande Boucle’. Gone are the doubts about his future and physical state, ‘G’ wants one more dance. Legs and mentality he has.
But it would directly cause the original idea of Ineos to fall. Adam Yates was the firm candidate for the leader and after falling ill with Covid-19 and Thomas’ drive may take a backseat. He has been fourth in the Tour, but facing a race with long times for the standards of current cycling does not suit him perfectly for his profile.
The third in discord is Daniel Felipe Martínez. When his performance in Primavera, with victories in the Basque Country and enormous performance in the Ardennes, seemed to give him the main role It didn’t take long for him to fall out of that role. In Switzerland he was never up to the task – the best was his final time trial in Vaduz – and he has taken the pressure off himself. “I am the second, but the race puts you in your place. If I arrive well I will be able to face the Slovenians”, he expressed.
Three cards for a position. And without ruling out that Carlos Rodríguez can join the ‘9’ that starts in Denmark. Ineos jump with an ‘All-Star’, but the ball with the lead is in his court.