Wednesday July 17th, 2013

Stage 17Embrun / Chorges

Start 10h15 GMT 2+

Chris Froome: "I was able to definitely gain a few seconds"

interview17.07.2013Stage 17- Embrun / Chorges

The stage win wasn't his quest, but Chris Froome didn't want to concede time to his rivals for the yellow jersey so he raced hard, took the win but - as he said: «Didn't put himself in the hurt-box» like when he came second in the first individual time trial of the 2013 Tour...

“I'm really surprised with today's result. I went in almost prepared to lose a little bit of time just thinking about the days to come and not wanted to absolutely put myself in the hurt-box today ahead of tomorrow's two times up Alpe d'Huez. I didn't hurt myself as much as I did on the first time trial but I was really surprised. I was quite encouraged to hear the time checks and to hear that I wasn't actually too far off Contador on the first check and the second check.

“I knew, having changed to the time trial bike for the end – with the bigger gears, I was able to definitely gain a few seconds.

“It's going to be a race all the way to Paris. Even though I've got quite a good buffer of over four minutes, I still feel like that's being challenged every day and especially now as these next three days are going to be the hardest of the Tour so far.

“There's no personality clash between Contador and myself. We get on well enough on the bike – and, I mean, it's healthy competition I think. I just thought yesterday he did push the limits a little bit too far by taking risks in the descent and then putting me at danger by crashing just in front of me. All it needs is one little mistake like that and that could be the end of someone's Tour. I think he also needs to remember that this is a bike race and it's not life-and-death in that sense.

“I'm not looking to win stages. I'm just trying to do whatever I can at the moment to hold on to whatever lead I can at the moment with the yellow jersey. I think that comes first as a priority and anything outside of that is a bonus at this point.”

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