Wednesday July 4th, 2012

Stage 4Abbeville / Rouen

Start 12h25 GMT 2+

Yukiya Arashiro: I did not want to wait

interview04.07.2012Stage 4- Abbeville / Rouen

As soon as the flag dropped to signal the start of the stage, Europcar's Japanese rider Yukiya Arashiro went on the attack. His group of three was caught after 206km in the lead but he earned the 'Fighting Spirit' award for his effort.

“This morning we discussed how to manage the stage at the team briefing, and my director asked me to go in the break – so I started from the very beginning; I did not want to wait at all. It was hard to imagine winning the stage, but we still tried. You never know what can happen in a bike race. There was an uncertainty about the weather, and a bit of rain could have disrupted the proceedings. And a split in the bunch could also change the game. Still, if you arrive at the finish with a group of three – or in a small group – I know that my burst of speed can make a difference in the sprint. But I'm not a natural sprinter, so I'm very unlikely to get out in a bunch sprint, with riders like Cavendish or Greipel.”

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