Wednesday July 3rd, 2013

Stage 5Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille

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Thomas De Gendt: "It was actually quite a tough day"

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

The irrepressible Belgian, Thomas De Gendt doesn't mind going on the attack. He instigated the early move in stage five based on his knowledge of races in the region. His attack earned him a podium appearance and trophy for the 'Fighting Spirit' award...

“On paper this was a day for the sprinters but as I studied the profile in the roadbook a little closer it became clear that it was actually quite a tough day that's similar to the GP de la Marseillaise [in February each year] and that's a race I know quite well. The last 40 kilometres are absolutely not flat, so the chance existed that I could have come out with a result from an early attack. Ultimately, after 220km of racing, you don't always feel quite right. Still, we all tried to the end. It's a shame that the peloton chased us down but... well, if you don't try, you don't know.”

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