Wout van Aert: "Alaphilippe was too strong for us"

July 8 th 2019 - 17:50

"We started the day with two options, me and Mike, but at some stage Mike came up to me and told me he was not feeling good today, so I was free to play my cards. My aim was to stay as long as possible up there and fight for the yellow jersey. These climbs were way steeper than I expected. It feels bad to be so close to the yellow jersey and not getting it. I couldn’t do more. I was with the GC riders in the fight. We did a perfect job but Alaphilippe was stronger than the whole bunch. At the end it’s a worthy winner. I’m quite happy with keeping the white jersey. It’s a nice thing for now. We’ve had an extraordinary weekend but from tomorrow on, we’ll go back to our initial goals: GC with Steven [Kruijswijk] and stages with Dylan [Groenewegen]. He’s recovering well, so we’ll chase the victory with him tomorrow.”

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