Friday July 20th, 2012

Stage 18Blagnac / Brive-la-Gaillarde

Start 11h20 GMT 2+

Thomas Voeckler: I had the full panoply

interview20.07.2012Stage 18- Blagnac / Brive-la-Gaillarde

He has two more days until official crowned the King of the Mountains but Thomas Voeckler is milking the moment all the way from the Pyrenees to Paris.

“I was congratulated on the podium by the President of the Republic, and that give me a lot to be proud of. It is especially pleasing that he finds the time to congratulate us with other French stage winners. This is not often the case.
“The podium in Paris? I would not say it's a rematch, but I still missed out last year with my fourth place overall. I would not say either that it is a dream, but I've thought about it for many years. Today I was able to enjoy being the leader of the mountains classification, this is why I wore the full panoply: with the jersey, the spotted bike, and all the accessories covered in dots… Our bike supplier had prepared spotted frame for Pierre (Rolland), and also one in my size. Admittedly, there's some risk that it wouldn't be used but I really wanted to take it out of the truck. I was recognised and encouraged even more than usual!”

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