Stage summary05.07.2013 in 17:34Sagan 1st after a 150km lead-out by Cannondale
Generally a lead-out train for a sprint forms for the closing kilometres of a stage but if you have a look at the final 150km of the stage from Montpellier to Albi you'll be hard pressed to find a team other than Cannondale on the front of the peloton for longer than a couple of minutes. This was a day when their leader, Peter Sagan, was determined to win and ultimately he did. The credit for success must go to every member of the team that was utterly committed to delivering him to the line...read more
interview05.07.2013 in 18:48The wonderful world of Orica-GreenEdge
At the arrival of the seventh stage in Albi, Shayne Bannan, the manager of Orica-GreenEdge, wore a broad smile. "What a wonderful week we have experienced!”" he exclaimed as events turned things in favour of his men and extended beyond the team's ambitions. A stage victory of Simon Gerrans was followed by a victory in the team time trial and four days in the yellow jersey, two each for Gerrans and Daryl Impey…
“The yellow race numbers [and helmets] denoting our status as leaders...read more
interview05.07.2013 in 18:39Blel Kadri: Above all... help Jean-Christophe Péraud
On the roads leading to the region where he's from Blel Kadri felt in control. He was first over the first two climbs and thus overtook Pierre Rolland in the climbing classification. It's a nice reward but it's not his main motivation...read more
interview05.07.2013 in 18:33Michal Kwiatkowski: "We made a very good sprint"
Fourth at the finish in Albi, fourth overall, but first in the youth rankings... it's not a bad first week in the Tour de France for Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski. He knows there are better climbers in contention for the white jersey but also isn't sure what to expect from the days ahead.read more
interview05.07.2013 in 18:28Jan Bakelants: "There might have been some hesitation"
The winner of stage two of the 100th Tour de France lost the yellow jersey after the team time trial but he launched an attack in the final 50km of stage seven just to see if he could pull of a coup of another day in yellow... it wasn't to be but he got the 'Fighting Spirit' award for his efforts.read more
interview05.07.2013 in 18:14Peter Sagan: "They know that I want to do well"
He has led the points classification for several days but in stage seven Peter Sagan had a point to prove: there's no need to wait for the sprinters just because some points were collected at the intermediate prime. Cannondale's epic lead-out was duly rewarded with the re-branded team picking up its first stage win in the Tour de France.read more
interview05.07.2013 in 18:02Daryl Impey: "Tomorrow is going to be a hard day to defend"
One day in the yellow jersey turns to two after Daryl Impey successfully defended his three-second lead in the general classification. If all goes according to the script, however, the South African's time in the yellow jersey will come to an end at Ax-3-Domaines... and Impey knows that.read more
Sporting stakes04.07.2013 in 18:45Tarn it: a stage when anything can happen...
“It's quite a lumpy day,” said Daryl Impey about the seventh stage of the 100th Tour de France, from Montpellier to the capital of the Tarn department, Albi. “I think we've got a team that can defend the yellow jersey for another day but it's a bit of an uncertain sort of stage. On a good day, I can survive with some of the climbs so we'll definitely be fight to the end to try and defend it one more day.”
His appraisal reminds us that, although we're not yet in the mountains,...read more
Jersey wearers after the stage 14
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