Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

Stage 3Orchies / Boulogne-sur-Mer

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Fabian Cancellara: I am in my place behind Sagan

interview03.07.2012Stage 3- Orchies / Boulogne-sur-Mer

He was fourth in the third stage, pleased to keep the yellow jersey and Fabian Cancellara was also most impressed with the winner in Boulogne-sur-Mer. The Swiss rider keeps the yellow jersey for another day and he makes no excuses for not being able to beat Peter Sagan...

“On a stage like this, I knew I had to give it my all. There were narrow roads with plenty of twists and turns. It seems a bit like what I know the Tour of Flanders to be like. In the final kilometers it was very dangerous, and it was necessary for the whole team to work hard to keep me in the best position. Of course we're used to that, but it really was not easy and I've got to thank them for what they did.
“When I saw Chavanel attack, I thought that it could be dangerous; I know he is very strong so I asked Chris Horner to do another sprint ahead of the peloton to get closer to him. Then I saw that he could not keep seven seconds ahead.
“For the stage win, I was a little out of position – but that's not an excuse. What I see is that I'm happy to have arrived with the yellow jersey, and without having had a problem. I am in my place behind Sagan who is very good on these sorts of finishes. It is absolutely not a surprise to see him at this level when we know everything else that he has already won. It is even normal. When I go to a prologue, it's me who wins. When there is a sprint, it's Cavendish who wins. And on an arrival like this, it is [Sagan] who wins. He has class, will and power, and he has great years ahead of him. What we see here is really only the beginning.
“For the yellow jersey, I don't expect to wear it all the way to Switzerland because of the stage to La Planches des Belles Filles… it will be the ‘Planche' of the sore legs! This is going to be a big climbers stage, so I know it will be impossible to keep the jersey there.”

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