Friday July 5th, 2013

Stage 7Montpellier / Albi

Start 12h20 GMT 2+

Jan Bakelants: "There might have been some hesitation"

interview05.07.2013Stage 7- Montpellier / Albi

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.

“I thought about regaining the yellow jersey for a second while we were out there at the front but we didn't get much of an advantage. Still, this morning on the bus I was laughing with the guys and I said, ‘Tonight I want to be back in yellow.' It's not impossible in this kind of stage; it's hard for everyone and after way the Cannondale team did on the first col it could have been that they were all a bit tired. With a big mountain stage coming up tomorrow, it's possible that there might have been some hesitation so it's better for riders like me to give it all. You never know, the hesitation may just give you two or three minutes and then it'd be possible to go for the stage win. If that was the situation then I could have also reclaimed the jersey. If I could have earned an advantage of three minutes I think I could have kept the jersey for a fair while.”

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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?

  • Marcel Kittel14.93%
  • Simon Gerrans1.08%
  • Mark Cavendish54.21%
  • André Greipel5.5%
  • Peter Sagan24.28%
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