Friday July 18th, 2014

Stage 13Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse

Start 12h10 (Local time)

Romain Bardet: "I think everybody got a heatstroke"

interview18.07.2014Stage 13- Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse

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“I didn't know the Tour de France was going throughout the Sahara desert this year! Maybe last year there have been hotter days but not with uphill finishes. I think everybody got a heatstroke in the last climb. At the end of the day, I moved up to third on GC and I limit the damage very well. Chamrousse is not the kind of climb that suits me really, it's a bit too rolling, so I'm happy the way I got out of it. Compared to Tejay van Garderen who is a time trial specialist, with whom I managed to regain time towards the end of the climbing, I lack power for this kind of effort. I'm motivated by tomorrow's stage. I'd love to take part in a fight up to the col d'Izoard, a climb that suits me better, but I doubt it'll happen. I also know the ascent to Risoul well. It's also rolling. I'm looking forward to climbs with more important changes of rhythm in the Pyrenees. Nibali is the strongest rider in the race, in fact he was won three stages. But as I came to the Tour, I didn't pretend that I'd beat Nibali. I'm only 23 year old. I'll keep fighting every day. I'll never give up."

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    There's no more doubt about who is the strongest rider in the 2014 Tour de France. After stage 2 in Sheffield and stage 10 at La Planche des belles filles, Vincenzo Nibali increased his lead by winning in the Alps. He arrived solo in Chamrousse to claim his third stage win on a day of suffering for Richie Porte, replaced in second place overall by Alejandro Valverde and on the podium by Romain Bardet.

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