Saturday July 19th, 2014

Stage 14Grenoble / Risoul

Start 12h10 (Local time)

Rafal Majka: "I needed to win something big"

interview19.07.2014Stage 14- Grenoble / Risoul

Stage 14 winner.

"This is my first pro victory. I was always coming second, third, etc. I needed to win some big stage at the Tour de France. The assertion that I didn't want to ride the Tour de France is not a true story. [Team manager] Bjarne Riis and my directeur sportif Fabrizio Guidi told me: ‘You'll do the Tour but you'll take it easy in the first week.' The plan was to help Alberto Contador in the mountains but we had bad luck. Since his accident, we try to win a stage. It's also wrong to think that I'm doing the Tour because Roman Kreuziger isn't. Had he been able to start, we would have both been part of the team. My team-mates and Bjarne said this morning that, shall I go in the breakaway, I'd win the stage. I think we had 1.10 lead at the bottom of the last climb. I attacked and dropped Rodriguez and a Cannondale rider [Alessandro De Marchi] off. I tried to do it alone and I fought for winning."

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