Sunday June 30th, 2013

Stage 2Bastia / Ajaccio

Start 13h40 GMT 2+

Pierre Rolland - «This effort will not penalise me...»

interview30.06.2013Stage 2- Bastia / Ajaccio

He has won the white jersey and stages in the Alps at the past two Tours de France but wearing a polka-dot top makes Mr Rolland happy...

"We were on the climb of the Col de Vizzavona and our directeur sportif, Ismael Mottier, told us that there was the polka-dot jersey at the top. I did not hesitate for a second. This is a shirt that made me dream when I was little, and to wear it even for a day is something to savour. I do not think that this effort will penalise me for the rest of the race I made – I went full-gas for a half a kilometre, it will not kill me me!
“The interest was also to make the descent safely. I knew it, and I knew there were some corners that were difficult, so it was more comfortable to ride alone in the front.
“For now we are doing our best, and we do not have sprinters so we must try things. We have two riders on two consecutive days on the podium of the Tour [after Jérôme Cousin's appearance as winner of the ‘Fighting Spirit' award yesterday]. The goal is still to win, but we can already be happy to leave with what we've done.”

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