'I don’t know what they were thinking': Tadej Pogačar and new leader Brandon McNulty bemused by Jumbo-Visma's tactics at Tour of the Basque Country

American McNulty has a chance to win his first World Tour race, with just two stages remaining.

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UAE-Team Emirates’ Tadej Pogačar and Brandon McNulty both admitted their surprise at Jumbo-Visma’s tactics on stage four of the Tour of the Basque Country, with the latter taking leadership of the race.

On the day’s final climb, McNulty – who finished second on the opening day’s time trial but started the fourth stage 30 seconds adrift of yellow jersey wearer Primož Roglič – twice attacked, and the second time he managed to form a breakaway group with five others that lasted to the finish.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.