Friday July 19th, 2013

Stage 19Bourg-d'Oisans / Le Grand-Bornand

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Pierre Rolland: "I can not see myself finishing in the top 10 in Semnoz"

interview19.07.2013Stage 19- Bourg-d??Oisans / Le Grand-Bornand

For the two years prior to Le Tour 2013, Pierre Rolland has one two stages in the Alps. He tried again in stage 19 but he ended up one point shy of the polka-dot jersey and netted some race numbers as winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award.

“When I saw that there was [Ryder] Hesjedal at the front, I thought it was a good candidate for a breakaway. He is a solid, and that does not quit. Only now it was not the best we've seen from Hesjedal. With the level he had when he won the Giro, I think it would have been different. In any case I believed something could happen; when you are in this situation, it is essential to believe in what we do.

“I aimed only for the stage win, and then there was the opportunity to take points for the polka-dot jersey, but it was not the goal. It was the big stage in the Alps, and I've ridden it in its entirety in training. I gave everything I had, and when I take my shower, I will have no regrets. But Rui Costa is a very strong, and when he joined me at the front he was much cooler than me.

“Tomorrow I will see if there are opportunities to take points for the polka-dot jersey, but it may not be before the final climb. Because with the efforts that I have provided today, I can not see myself finishing in the top 10 in Semnoz. And favourites will certainly play to win them, so they'll score points.”

Stage 19 Bourg-d'Oisans / Le Grand-Bornand

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