Friday July 5th, 2013

Stage 7Montpellier / Albi

Start 12h20 GMT 2+

Peter Sagan: "They know that I want to do well"

interview05.07.2013Stage 7- Montpellier / Albi

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.

"“This was a show of how strong we are as a team. All of our riders were committed to one thing and everyone trusts me now and they are prepared to work hard for me because they know that I want to do well. Even if it's not an ideal stage for me, I'll keep on trying. They are even prepared to more than I ask of them. We did a lot of work on the second climb and we dropped the sprinters and the team started to believe that we could do well. I had said, ‘We'll pull only until we get to the intermediate sprint and then we'll take it easy...' I thought maybe another team would take over and lead through to the finish.
“My team-mates didn't understand why. They came to me and said, ‘But we can continue to ride! Why should we sit up now and wait for the sprinters?' And then they went back to the front and worked very, very well.
“This is the end of the first week but we still have another two weeks ahead of us. It's still a long way to go until the end of the Tour de France and we don't have any bad luck and can hold the green jersey all the way to Paris.”

Stage 7 Montpellier / Albi

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