Sunday July 27th, 2014

Stage 21Évry / Paris Champs-Élysées

Start 15h45 (Local time)

Jean-Christophe Peraud: "I had to add a little bit of spice"

interview27.07.2014Stage 21- Évry / Paris Champs-Élysées

Second overall behind Vincenzo Nibali, Jean-Christophe Peraud had a serious scare on the Champs-Elysées when he crashed 43 kms from the finish line.

"I had realised yesterday already with the tears, I was aware of the importance of my performance. I never do things simply, I added a little last-minute handicap. I had that idea that something would happen. I was used as a skittle, I was pushed aside by the whole peloton. According to Christophe Riblon, there was a bottle on the tarmac that cause a big wave and I was taken down. It added a little bit of stress. I needed a little bit of spice on the last day.
"It was above all moving after the time trial, now I put things back in perspective and I could take advantage of the nice view of Paris. I'm glad to see my family again, to return to my roots. Tonight we're going to have dinner together and discuss the past three weeks around a good glass."

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