Saturday July 13th, 2013

Stage 14Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule / Lyon

Start 12h40 GMT 2+

Julien Simon: "With more turns, it could have happened"

interview13.07.2013Stage 14- Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule / Lyon

Sojasun has been chasing something to celebrate from its three starts in the Tour de France and, in Lyon, Julien Simon nearly claimed a stage... instead he has a red number as winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award.

"On the penultimate climb, I counter-attacked the move by Michael Albasini when I could, and I managed to get ahead. From that moment on, it was a very difficult ride to the end. The final two kilometres were really too long – the length of the straights limited my chances. This is especially a shame as I had to defend myself on these long straight roads: with more turns, it could have happened. It's infuriating to miss out on a stage win because we know that, for our team, the opportunities are rare. Today we had one chance, and then in the Alps we are on terrain that is not favourable to us. Maybe the opportunity has gone.”

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