Riders far back on GC have to attack on Tour de France Pyrenees opener, says Nicolas Portal

The Team Ineos sports director says the plan is to stay united in the face of ambitious attacks

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If they are going to have a chance at the Tour de France, then the riders further down in the classification need to attack on the stage 12 Pyrenes opener,  according to Team Ineos sports director Nicolas Portal.

Portal, overseeing Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, says that rivals like Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) could make their moves over the day's two daunting climbs.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.