Sunday June 9th, 2013

Stage 8Sisteron / Risoul

Start 10h33 GMT 2+

Alessandro De Marchi: "The dream of my life"

interview09.06.2013Stage 8- Sisteron / Risoul

Alessandro De Marchi claimed the first win of his pro career in Risoul. "This victory rewards me for all the unsuccessful breakaways I've conducted since I turned Professional", he said. "It was the dream of my life to achieve something like this and I'm delighted it happened at such a big race. I've tried so many times that I can only be happy with this. The Dauphiné was an important step in my lead up to the Tour de France. I had to know if I had the condition for July. I'm sure it'll be emotional to ride the world's biggest race. I know it'll be hard but I'm lucky to be working for great leaders. At the Tour, it'll be all for Peter Sagan to have another great race. After some good years with Androni Giocattoli, I've found at Cannondale what I was missing before. I've stepped up to World Tour level. But I wasn't sure if I had the legs for winning today. In the second last climb, I've decided to wait and see what could be done later on. When the Lotto rider [Tim Wellens] attacked in the last climb, I preferred to wait a bit that he'd get some advantage, so I could pass him strongly. Once I was alone in the lead, I gave everything I had but I was afraid of the return of Team Sky and the peloton. I don't know what happened behind me. It might sound absurd but I had much better legs in the breakaway yesterday. It's the circumstances of racing that weren't favorable. Even today, until 1km to go, I didn't believe I could win. Mentally, I started the stage in a very relaxed mode. I didn't have in mind to do anything but slowly, the race turned out to be very interesting for me. I received a great support from my team car. I'm very thankful to them."

Stage 8 Sisteron / Risoul

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Jersey wearers after the stage 8

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