Tim Wellens: “I’ll defend the polka dot jersey”
July 8 th 2019 - 17:52
I broke away as we were hoping for a stage win with Caleb Ewan. It’s been a day with tailwind. We rode fast. I was going well and I started to believe I could win the stage but I cracked and unfortunately, I got a puncture at the bottom of the côte de Mutigny. Without this incident, I could have gone further with Julian Alaphilippe but he would have dropped me somewhere anyway. I told the neutral service I’d stopped at the top of the climb for a wheel change but there was no one there to fix my bike and I felt a bit stupid. The polka dot jersey is a nice one. If possible, I’ll defend it.