Monday July 1st, 2013

Stage 3Ajaccio / Calvi

Start 12h55 GMT 2+

Bakelants - "There was no need to really panic..."

interview01.07.2013Stage 3- Ajaccio / Calvi

The winner of stage two kept his yellow jersey after stage three but he still only leads by one second. Jan Bakelants expects another rider will take the lead of GC in the team time trial but he is most grateful for the work his team-mates did on the road to Calvi.

“The team was always in control so there was no need to really panic today. Everything went according to plan. The last climb was hard, you could see the top from a long way away and first I started to doubt that I would be there because it looked much harder and steeper than what was described in the road book but we never really had to panic because when Rolland attacked I knew he would open a decent gap but also that it was pretty far to the finish line.

“I thank my colleagues for the work that they gave, it means a lot to me. It was a really nice day.

“We're going to try our maximum [in the team time trial] but realistically there are other teams that are more specialised in team time trials than what we are. It will probably be hard but we have a good team and we'll do the maximum.”

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