Gruber Gallery: Our man Mick wins Tour de France stage nine

    Rigoberto Uran’s Tour de France win in Chambery was a well-earned reward for an animated, opportunistic and motivated Cannondale-Drapac squad that spent the first week of the Tour de France single-mindedly dedicated to the tasks and objectives outlined by the team.

    “Everyone has seen the nine stages of work that every rider on this team has put in,” said team captain Simon Clarke. “Rigo’s win today was a reward for all of that effort. Every day, whichever rider was meant to go into the break, committed 100% to that team plan. I was sure that if we did exactly the team plan every day it would pay off. It could have been any day. Today was the one.”

    It’s a box ticked but make no mistake. We’re only getting started.

    As Uran said: “There is a lot of Tour still to come.”