Saturday July 26th, 2014

Stage 20Bergerac / Périgueux

Start 10h10 (Local time)

Vincenzo Nibali: "The beauty of the Tour is to cycle on the Champs-Elysées"

interview26.07.2014Stage 20- Bergerac / Périgueux

Race leader.

"I'm very happy. I've felt a bit of tension today but it's normal I guess. I wanted to do well in this time trial. It wasn't an easy course. It was a perfect one for specialists like Tony Martin. I was looking forward to reach the finish. It required a big effort to ride the course. I'm pleased to have set the fourth best time.


I haven't realized yet how big it is to win the Tour de France. I'll keep that for tomorrow. It's difficult to ride the Tour but the beauty of it is to cycle on the Champs-Elysées. That's the biggest memory I've kept from my first participation: the lap of honour, the enormous number of people, Paris' monuments... I'll try to savour my victory as much as I can. Every moment will count.


As for my future, I don't think I'll ride the Vuelta this year. I might give a go to the world championship but I'm not sure if the circuit in Ponferrada suits me really. I've already given a big try last year in Florence... After winning the Vuelta, the Giro and the Tour, I'll keep focusing on Grand Tours but I'd also like to crown it all with a rainbow jersey one year."

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