Thursday July 16th, 2015

Stage 12Lannemezan / Plateau de Beille

Start 11h15 (Local time)

Joaquim Rodriguez: "Everyone wanted to win here"

interview16.07.2015Stage 12- Lannemezan / Plateau de Beille

After the first two Pyrenean stages, my morale was pretty low. The only way to make it today was to break away. I always said I was coming to the Tour for GC but since I'm out of contention, I focus on stage wins. I've had a hungerflat at La Pierre-Saint-Martin. It hit me badly. I was strenghtless. Yesterday, I crashed in the neutral zone and my hip was hurting.
I like this climb to Plateau de Beille. I live about fifty kilometers away. I've come here a thousand times and I've dreamt of winning here a thousand times. Last time I was here training with Alberto Losada, I had a flat tyre but I didn't bring a spare one so I called my wife, she came to pick us up and we rode here again the day after. Today I've seen many acquaintances on the road side, people who came here to cheer on me. I wouldn't say the last kilometers were easy but I managed to savour my victory. Everyone wanted to win here and it was even harder due to the weather conditions.
It means a lot to me to have won two stages at the Tour this year. I have never won a Grand Tour but it doesn't mean that I don't deserve it. I just haven't had the luck that is the trademark of the big champions.

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