Thursday March 7th, 2013

Stage 4Brioude / Saint-Vallier

Start 11h00 GMT 2+

Albasini: "A stage win was my goal"

interview07.03.2013Stage 4- Brioude / Saint-Vallier

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Joint leader of the Orica Greenedge team with Simon Gerrans, Michale Albasini was above all looking for a stage win in this Paris- Nice. Mission accomplished. 

You had the better legs today?

I don't know if I had the better legs but I was more clever. I was at the right place at the right time. I suffered a lot in the last two bumps. In the first I had problems to change gears and I told myself it was over. I stayed on 53 but in the finish it was flatter so I managed to stay in the front. In the finale I looked left and right, I didn't have a lot of time to think. I went and I took my chance.

What are your ambitions on this Paris-Nice?

I don"t think I'm ready yet for the high mountain. I only came for a stage win and I'm happy to have the confirmation of the fine work we did in the winter. We didn't race a lot, there was snow back home so it was hard to know what the condition was. I'm very happy.

What are your ambitions this season?

The Ardennes classics and Pays Basque mean a lot to me. The Tour de Suisse is also an objective. Since my second place in Fleche Wallonne last year I realised I had possibilities. I worked even harder for long distances in the winter because I'm OK for stages in stages races like this but I was struggling when it goes over 200 kms. I worked on this in the winter and I think I'm ready.

The interview in video

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Michael Albasini : "The stage wijn was my goal"

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The news in pictures

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