Friday July 18th, 2014

Stage 13Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse

Start 12h10 (Local time)

Marc Madiot: "Better to have the white jersey in Paris"

Analysis18.07.2014Stage 13- Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse

FDJ manager Marc Madiot analysed the outcome of stage 13.  

What lessons can we draw from this stage?

Nibalis is in top flight. Behind him, three or four riders are at the same level for the podium. Then another wave can fight for the top 10. Some riders are still in contention but today, it was Porte who went out of the window. Every day brings its bad news. We'll have to see who will miss out on the days to come. Hopefully it will not be us.

Is it a revenge from last year for Thibaut Pinot?

There's no revenge feeling. There are years when things go right and other when they go wrong. Thats' the law of sport. Cycling is made of good and bad times.Last year the Tour was tough for Thibaut but he recovered well in the Vuelta. He worked hard in the winter.

He rode a great stage...

He rode a great last climb. He had the legs to do it because he attacked early, too early maybe. But if everybody keeps patient, nothing will ever happen. Valverde rode cunningly, he pretended he was dead and then shot back. Vice is part of the game.

You said you'd rather take the white jersey tomorrow…

One hour at the podium everyday takes a lot of energy and everything counts, everything adds up. Not to have the white jersey tonight is not a disappointment. It's better to have it in Paris and to save strength before.

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