RIDE spoke to Drapac owner and chairman Michael Drapac following the Tour de France stage 17. The Australian announced his entry into the WorldTour ahead of the 2016 Tour de France. One year on, he’s the co-title sponsor of a team that has exceeded all expectations in the 104th edition of the Tour with a stage win, three days in polka dots and a shot at the yellow jersey. RIDE reached out to Drapac, who plans to link up with Cannondale-Drapac in Paris, about his emotions during the intense and exciting final week of the Tour.
RIDE: I’m having a quick chat with Michael Drapac who is the co-owner of a team with a rider in second place in general classification after 17 stages of the Tour de France. You must be pretty satisfied.
DRAPAC: Yeah, satisfied is an understatement. [Laughs.]
I was satisfied after we won a stage [in Chambéry]. I’ve been sort of been walking on egg shells, in a sense.
If we hadn’t have done anything after the stage [win] and we just packed our bags and gone home, I would have thought it was a good Tour. But the coverage we’ve had and the fact that we’ve been prominent in every break bar one, it’s extraordinary.
Satisfied is not the word. I can’t find the words to help you – I can’t. I’m overwhelmed.