Saturday July 6th, 2013

Stage 8Castres / Ax 3 Domaines

Start 11h45 GMT 2+

Nairo Quintana: "I thought about it... for a moment"

interview06.07.2013Stage 8- Castres / Ax 3 Domaines

The Colombian climbing sensation from Movistar, Nairo Quintana was aggressive on the first day in the mountains. He finished the stage in ninth but collected the 'Souvenir Henri Desgrange' by leading over the Port de Pailhères - the high point of the 100th Tour. He also won the 'Fighting Spirit' award and now leads the youth classification...

"For this first mountain stage, I'm happy with my feelings. My legs were good, and I put them to good use with an attack. I thought about it – the stage win – for a moment. But I missed a bit of strength at the end and the Sky team is very strong, with Chris Froome and Richie Porte. It is not a big drama for me to miss out today as it's my first Tour de France and I'm here to learn. Now we will still try to win stages, and we must continue to attack. But mostly, I also like the white jersey, it's a nice objective. It's on my shoulders now, but I'd like to keep up to Paris.”

Stage 8 Castres / Ax 3 Domaines

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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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