Stage 21 winner.
Stage 21 winner.
"My strategy was to start sprinting not too early. Alexander Kristoff passed me so he had more time to accelerate and gain some speed. That's why I was a bit behind and I accelerated, accelerated... till the moment Kristoff could not accelerate anymore. I was not sure it would be enough to beat him. I'm happy with how it went. This time, my lead out man Tom Veelers was able to accompany me till the end of the Tour in Paris without crashing before. We need him! In the preparation of the sprint I thought he was gone but when I saw him passing me, I said to myself: now we're unbeatable.
This is the second time I win the first and last stage of the Tour de France, at least I can say it means a lot to be able to win such an important amount of stages as a team and I belong to the group of the fastest guys. You can count on me when the race comes down to a sprint. Mistakes can always happen like it did in Reims, but overall, we've done a very good job at the Tour again this year.
Right now, I don't want to think of my future too much. I want to enjoy the moment. My goals won't change in the future, especially at the Tour de France. I'll go again for stage wins but I'm not a man of records. I've said in the past and I repeat that the green jersey can become an option in the future.
One record broken this year is seven stage wins by German riders. I think it's a big signal to all the fans in Germany, to the German media without too much into details in that area. I'm proud of the performances of my compatriots and myself but please don't forget the two second places of John Degenkolb. At half of the stages, there have been Germans in the top three. It shows that German cycling is part of the top of the cycling world. It's awesome."