Monday July 1st, 2013

Stage 3Ajaccio / Calvi

Start 12h55 GMT 2+

Simon Gerrans - "I'm thrilled for Orica-GreenEdge to get a win"

interview01.07.2013Stage 3- Ajaccio / Calvi

Bike racing can be a random thing: so many things can go wrong and objectives destroyed on the road from start to finish but in stage three of the 2013 Tour de France clever plans netted the big reward. Simon Gerrans explained afterwards that his second stage victory in the Tour was no coincidence, rather the result of planning and a tactical approach to the final day of racing in Corsica.

“I guess I surprised quite a few people a little bit today, including myself. I knew there weren't too many sprinters left in the front group. Peter Sagan is a guy who can often climb with the best climbers and sprint with the best sprinter so I'm really thrilled to be able to beat such a classy rider in a sprint finish like I did today.

“It was a perfectly executed stage today. The plan was to have someone in the breakaway and Simon Clarke did a fantastic job with that; he took all the mountain primes when he was out there and then he was able to pull a turn in the final to chase back that last little group that was off the front. I think also had Cameron Meyer and Michael Albasini riding on the front in the final and Daryl Impey leading me out. He finished off the work for me and I was able to come off him in the last 200 metres and... well, hold off Sagan. It was fantastic. I think I caught him by surprise a little bit – him and a few other guys – but I'm thrilled for Orica-GreenEdge to get a win here at the Tour de France.

“This is a stage that I've been targeting for quite some time. We were down here in Corsica last weekend doing a recon and scouting the finishes and it all paid off today.”

Stage 3 Ajaccio / Calvi

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