Thursday July 5th, 2012

Stage 5Rouen / Saint-Quentin

Start 12h45 GMT 2+

Ladagnous: This is the second time it happens!

interview05.07.2012Stage 5- Rouen / Saint-Quentin

He started today's escape at the first kilometer and was caught inside the final kilometer and Matthieu Ladagnous took home a few lessons from the experience - as well as a red dossard as winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award.

"It was possible. In the end, Ghyselinck has tried to anticipate as he knew he was slower than us in a sprint. After I told myself I would attack because it is better to lose trying to win, rather than just coming second. When the rider of Euskaltel attacked, I let him do his effort and I got back on track, but the peloton was right on us even thought we could see the finish line. This is the second time it happens to me when I've spent a day in the lead of a stage of the Tour. Of course I am disappointed. We had to play cat and mouse games with the peloton. It was no use to ride full-gas all day. But in the last 30 kilometers we gave it everything we had. It's a shame… but I will try to get in another breakaway, and try again to get a victory.”

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