Tour de France: Alberto Bettiol denies having worked for Tadej Pogačar, apologizes to Neilson Powless

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BINCHE, Belgium (VN) — Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) denied working for Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) when he hit the cobbles during Stage 5 of the Tour de France.

Bettiol had two teammates in the breakaway on the road in Neilson Powless and Magnus Cort, but was seen picking up the pace on the cobblestones in the final 30km which saw the gap to the breakaway quickly close. Defending champion Pogačar was glued to his wheel while Jumbo-Visma, whose yellow jersey Wout van Aert, had been distanced after a series of mishaps for their leaders.

The Italian rider said he was trying to break up the group with his brief attack and made a mistake, adding that he apologized to Powless, who came on within 13 seconds of taking the jersey yellow.

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“I work for EF Education First, I have the contract, I just tried once to try to split the peloton where I was. In the end, I made a mistake and asked for forgiveness from Neilson,” said Bettiol at the start of stage 6 in Binche.

“I felt really good and I didn’t know Neilson was contesting the yellow jersey. Anyway, I felt strong, I just gave a shot to try to destroy the peloton, and then I have the opportunity not to shoot because I have Neilson and Magnus in front. In the end, it didn’t affect the GC race much and Neilson was still in front.

Former driver-turned-TV commentator Robbie McEwen had stoked speculation about Bettiol’s intentions when he attacked, wondering if the Italian was heading to UAE Team Emirates for 2022.

“Now McEwan is not a driver, he’s a journalist, it’s part of his game,” Bettiol said.

Team boss Jonathan Vaughters also spoke to the media at the start, saying there were no hard feelings within the team after Bettiol’s transfer. The team had a long debrief after the stage where Bettiol cleared the air with his teammates.

Vaughters told reporters Bettiol got excited after finding himself in good shape on the cobbles after seasons plagued by health issues.

“To put it bluntly, Alberto won the most prestigious one-day race in the world a few years ago and he has had to deal with incredibly difficult health problems since then, health problems which since then, problems healthcare that for a lot of people would have ended their careers,” Vaughters said.

“He hasn’t really been in the lead of a race for a while, he hasn’t had very good legs for a long time and he just got into a situation where he got too excited and forgot himself a He’ll own it and he’ll say he made a mistake. He’ll own it and he apologized and told his teammates he was a little excited. It’s really that simple, there aren’t as many conspiracy theories as people like to make.

As he had already said to BikeNews, Vaughters denied that Bettiol’s attack cost Powless a chance to win the yellow jersey. The American is still within reach of the leader’s jersey and Bettiol believes he still has a chance to take it before the end of the week.

“Today, and especially tomorrow, is an opportunity for us to get the yellow jersey. It depends on how the race goes. We have a plan and we will stick to the plan,” Bettiol said. .

“It’s not just about us and it’s about other people. Whether Jumbo wants to control or not, we don’t know. Anyway, until stage 6, EF is having a good Tour, and don’t forget Rigoberto Urán, who has only two and a half minutes in such a shitty week for him. In the end, all is well in the team.

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