A minor award behind a beautiful photo

The Ineos team has a budget of 46 million, more than double the 20 of Roglic's Jumbo. That forces as much or more than his brilliant record.


The photo of the day was seen on the Tour. Two runners hugging each other as they cross the finish line: Richard Carapaz, 2019 Giro champion, and Michal Kwiatkowski, 2014 rainbow jersey. The image is loaded with a message, because it reminds that cycling is also a collective sport, although the efforts are individual; because it shows the relief of a team, Ineos, that came to win everything and is going to have to leave with second-level prizes like this stage and, perhaps, the Mountain; because it teaches the generosity of a leader, Carapaz, who let his squire enter ahead in gratitude for his fidelity on that day and in the days to come; because it magnifies a squad that did not lower its arms when chief Egan Bernal sank, but rather pursued partial triumph during the three days of the Alps until it caught the prey… and not just any prey. A great day of the Tour de France. This photograph captures the beauty of sport, because it is also sincere. Two cyclists who, despite having won great things, have the ability to get excited about shared success.

A beautiful photo that does not hide a reality: it is a minor award for a team that has dominated the Tour in seven of the last eight years. The image of Bernal in the group of sprinters also remains for history. Ineos has a budget of 46 million, which is 16 more than the second, Pogacar's UAE, and more than double the 20 of Roglic's Jumbo. That forces as much or more than the record. The decision to leave out Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, a winner and a Tour legend, now takes on another dimension. Neither seemed ready for the challenge, but is that just the runner's demerit? Carapaz's play as a possible relief for a sore Bernal did not go well either, because he was entangled in various initial misadventures. Now there is a photo. And a failed subject.

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