Sunday July 8th, 2012

Stage 8Belfort / Porrentruy

Start 13h15 GMT 2+

Kessiakoff: My objective was never to go alone

interview08.07.2012Stage 8- Belfort / Porrentruy

He was second over two climbs and first over two and now Sweden's Astana recruit Fredrik Kessiakoff is now the leader of the climbing classification...

“I've got mixed feelings, disappointment but also happiness. I'm disappointed that I ended up so close to winning the stage but didn't, but at the same time I'm happy because I think I've made a good impression today and I did a good race. In the end I walk away with this jersey and I that's a success in itself so I'm happy with that. I will now rest – well, take it easy in the time trial and then have a break on the rest day and we'll see how I'm feeling in the next road stage; if I feel good, then I'll try and defend it as well as I can.
“My objective was never to go alone but it just happened that way. I wanted to get the maximum points at the GPM (Grand Prix de la Montagne) and I just found myself alone and I said to myself, ‘Okay, I'll just keep on riding and see where it takes me'. And yeah, I didn't quite make it but at least I get to wear this jersey.
“I didn't know if it was possible to catch [Thibaut] Pinot on the descent but at least I tried but I just didn't have the legs. I'd been riding so long by myself and I just found that one speed I could go and I couldn't go any faster. Although I tried, I knew pretty early that it wasn't possible. I figured, okay be happy with what I've done. I expect it'll be very difficult to keep this jersey but at least I'll give it a go.”

Stage 8 Belfort / Belfort

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