Wednesday July 3rd, 2013

Stage 5Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille

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Simon Gerrans: "The main priority is just to keep the jersey..."

interview03.07.2013Stage 5- Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille

If Daryl Impey - who is on the same time as Simon Gerrans but in second place on GC of the Tour de France - finished nine places ahead of his Australian team-mate in Marseille, the South African would have taken the yellow jersey. As it was, Impey finished 13th and Gerrans 15th the lead may change but 'Gerro' thinks the 'maillot jaune' should remain on the shoulders of one Orica-GreenEdge rider...

“I was up there near the front in the final, I'm not sure where exactly – I guess it was somewhere in the second wave of riders – and it was important to stay up the front and out of trouble.

“The dream continues: another day in the yellow jersey. It was a pretty solid stage: long day on small roads and quite a lot of wind but it's really thanks to some great teamwork again I was able to keep the yellow jersey for one more stage.

“I'm confident in our team and obviously there are a couple of us in our team who are on the same time so the main priority is just to keep the jersey in our team. I think we're more than capable of doing that for the next couple of days.

“The fall must've happened a little bit behind me because I didn't see it happen but it was a pretty hectic final. There were a couple of crashes in the final part of the stage and that's just a few guys being a little nervous and a lot of guys fighting for position. It was a tough stage and there was a strong break out there today, they got a big gap at the start and a few of our guys did a lot of work to control that before we got a little help in the second half of the stage.”

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