Sunday June 30th, 2013

Stage 2Bastia / Ajaccio

Start 13h40 GMT 2+

Jan Bakelants - «It felt so easy in the break...»

interview30.06.2013Stage 2- Bastia / Ajaccio

He won the Tour de l'Avenir back in 2008 and, the next year Jan Bakelants turned professional with a Belgian team. He's not won a race since. Not until today, that is. He surprised the commentators but also himself. He felt strong and that's what he was; his belief in himself stopped «another win of Sagan» from happening. He tells the story of his victory in Ajaccio...

“I see, in the final that, yes! It's going to happen! I knew I would probably also take this yellow jersey and it's incredible. Maybe it'll be the first and the last time in my career but today I wear it.
“I saw that, in the last 500 metres that I still had a gap and I said, ‘Come one, hold this. It's going to be the nicest day of your life!' And then I did it.
“It is so incredible for me to take this jersey, to give something back to the team after all this misery that I had this year. When I crossed the finish line I was overwhelmed with joy.
“When were there in the finale with six, I was thinking, ‘We are a group of strong riders...' but I had a feeling that not everybody was going 100 per cent. And I knew that, if everybody when 100 per cent to the finish line that this was possible. But it felt so easy in the break and every time I went to the front I felt like I rode faster than the other five guys. I don't know, maybe I was just stronger than them. In the end, maybe I have to believe this but at this moment I said, ‘Come on, are we going to ride and be the first six riders? Or are we just going to wait for the bunch to come back and see another win of Sagan?'
“I kept the gap and, in the radio they shouted: ‘Go! Go! Go!' And I went as fast as I could. When I looked back and saw what I did, I said, ‘I'm going to win! I'm going to win a stage in the Tour de France!'

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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?

  • Marcel Kittel14.93%
  • Simon Gerrans1.08%
  • Mark Cavendish54.21%
  • André Greipel5.5%
  • Peter Sagan24.28%
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