Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Stage 16Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h00 (Local time)

FDJ's perfect strategy

Analysis22.07.2014Stage 16- Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

At the service of Thibaut Pinot in the climb to Port de Bales, Arnold Jeannesson helped his leader seize the third place overall and the white jersey for the best young rider. He then handed the baton to Jeremy Roy, gone in the day's break, who waited for his leader in the descent to escort him to the finish line.

"I was in reserve in the previous massifs. We knew that in the Pyrenees there were tricky descents and Thibaut needed a team-mate", Jeannesson said.

"We're going to try everything to keep this overall placing and also the white jersey. It's not over. There's also a time trial. If we can take more time, we're going to try everyday", he added.

"Jeremy's move was planned. He took the baton from me in the descent. It went ideally, it was perfectly executed. They tried to attack him a bit in the descent but Tibaut proved he was as good as they are. With summit finishes in the next few days, I hope he's going to prove what he already showed today."  

Jeremy Roy also explained the role he played in the FDJ plan: "We had a right to go into the breaks if they were well manned, and that's what I did. The circumstances dictated that I wait in the descent. I stopped, there was a spectator with a radio who told me: Van Garderen out, Bardet out, Valverde out. I said: there won't be many left at the top! It's the first time I stop to wait for a leader but it was worth it."

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