Saturday July 6th, 2013

Stage 8Castres / Ax 3 Domaines

Start 11h45 GMT 2+

Froome: "I feel really privileged to be here"

interview06.07.2013Stage 8- Castres / Ax 3 Domaines

It's still relatively early in the 100th Tour de France but Chris Froome is a rider in control of the general classification. He was the pre-race favourite. He is the team leader at the dominant Sky formation. He was the runner-up in 2012. He is a stage winner in 2013... and he wears the yellow jersey.

“It wasn't easy out there but to come out with that result for the first mountain day – the first real test for the GC riders – it's really pleasing. More than anything, the first GC day is a big psychological battle and we've won that. We've come away with first and second on the stage, first and second on GC. Richie Porte is right up there and it really is a dream scenario for us at the moment. We know there's a long way to go but we've started off really well at least.

“I can't fully take in the idea of actually take it in yet. To be sitting here in the yellow jersey of the Tour de France is something I only dreamed of, so to be in that position... well, I couldn't ask for more. It feels very special.

“I was expecting more of a fight in the final today so I was quite surprised how we were able to come away with first and second and with the sort of time gaps that we see to the other GC riders. It's a long way from over but we can definitely take a lot away from today.
“It's quite hard to take in but just to think that this is the pinnacle of our cycling calendar and to be here after being able to achieve such results today is wonderful. The team has come through the first week in such a good position and we're really happy.

“I think we've got to take advantage of every uphill finish and every GC day that there is. We've got the time trial coming up and this is really an ultimate position to be in. I feel really privileged to be here.

“After the team time trial we were in a very good position even if it was a very small margin we were still well poised for today but there are only several mountain top finishes and so it was the plan to really go for it today and take advantage of the hard finish.”

Stage 8 Castres / Ax 3 Domaines

All about the stage key moments

Jersey wearers after the stage 21

Classifications after the stage 21


Receive exclusive news about the Tour de France


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%
14123 votes

Partners of Le Tour