Thursday July 11th, 2013

Stage 12Fougères / Tours

Start 12h10 GMT 2+

Chris Froome: "At any moment the race can be taken away..."

interview11.07.2013Stage 12- Fougères / Tours

Flat, windy and fast, the 12th stage was essentially a rudimentary affair but the race leader knows that he cannot afford a momentary lapse of concentration. Chris Froome avoided falls and reached the finish safely but it wasn't necessarily an easy ride to Tours.

“It was alright today. I was happy on my team-mates' wheels throughout the stage. Some teams did look like they were about to take it up and it's a reminder that we just have to concentrate all the way through and keep an eye on proceedings. I could hear the crash behind me, but I didn't see anything.

“I didn't see anyone go down but I heard it happen with about two kilometres to go and Edvald [Boasson Hagen] was caught up in that. I think he came in holding his shoulder and he's just with the team doctors at the moment checking out what the injuries are.

“Any day in the Tour de France has its challenges. You've got to stay awake and keep an eye on things – at any moment things can change and the race can be taken away from you.

“It was a big effort yesterday and naturally I felt it in the legs a little bit today but hopefully no more than the other guys in the peloton.

“I'm looking forward to the Alps and getting closer to Paris.”

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