Raise your ambitions, seek out new goals: these are the catchphrases of a certain type of culture cultivated by sports. Not the timeless contemplation of the peasant farmer, but the breathless flux of cosmopilitan aspiration. What is it Team Sunweb say? Keep challenging.
Jai Hindley and Tao Geoghegan Hart certainly are, with the effect that yet another Grand Tour is on the brink of being won by the best young rider. Before the stage, Jai, second at 12” from the Maglia Rosa, his team-mate Wilco Kelderman, said, “Usually I like the steeper climbs, but for us today I think it could play in our favour for riding a bit more defensive and trying to keep the jersey.”