11| Peter SAGAN
Peter Sagan: “Crossing fingers for Alaphilippe”
"I was doing wheelies because some people from the public were asking me to put some. I guess everyone was happy about them. Of course, Julian Alaphilippe can try and win the Tour de France. The race it’s only starting, but I for one am crossing fingers for him. He is surprising everybody and can continue to do so."
25| Enric MAS
Enric Mas: "It will be a war between Egan Bernal and me"
“I’m very happy because of my result today, and also because of Julian’s [Alaphilippe]. I’m pretty happy about the white jersey: from now on, it will be a war between Egan Bernal and me for the white jersey. At Deceuninck-Quick Step, we can play different cards from now on. It is a big advantage to have two guys in the top 5 of the GC. As for the yellow jersey, our aim is to defend it for as long as possible. I think Julian can keep the yellow jersey until Paris. He has lost it once and taken it back. That shows how good he is on this Tour de France....
168| Tim WELLENS
Tim Wellens: “Alaphilippe has a good chance to win the Tour”
“It’s very impressive to see Julian Alaphilippe win the time trial. Geraint Thomas is more of a specialist than him. The mountains above 2000 metres will be something different but from now on, it’s going to be hard for anyone to take the yellow jersey from him. He looks very fresh, as if he hadn’t suffered much yet. He’s got a good chance to win the Tour. I gave myself an easy day. I didn’t have to go full gas. But tomorrow the real race starts for the polka dot jersey. There will be 50 points to gain and that’s more than what I...
21| Julian ALAPHILIPPE
Julian Alaphilippe: "I knew I'd do well, I didn't think I'd win"
“It’s incredible. I’m really happy. Without being pretentious, I knew I could do a good performance on such a course, I told my cousin Franck this morning that I’d do something good but I didn’t think I could win the stage, especially with such a big gap against Geraint Thomas. The first part suited me but I surprised myself in the second part of the race. I pushed my limits. With the help of the public, I gave everything till the line. I heard that even in my team car they all cried.”
21| Julian ALAPHILIPPE
Julian Alaphilippe: “The yellow jersey makes me proud”
“It’s difficult to explain what it means to hold the yellow jersey on its 100th birthday tomorrow. It means a lot and firstly, it makes me proud. I’m very happy to lead the Tour de France. It’ll enable me to start the time trial last tomorrow. It motivates me to hurt myself even more than usual. I’ll push my limits.”
11| Peter SAGAN
Peter Sagan: “It was really hard to make the break”
“It wasn’t really fun today. I wanted to be in the break so I could get points on the intermediate sprint. It was really hard to make it into the break, as it took 50 kilometres for it to be made. Come the intermediate sprint, I’m happy Daniel Oss was with me because he helped me bring back Roger Kluge, who tried to anticipate us, and that enabled me to get maximum points. From then on I took it easy, as I knew today was not my stage and there were many better climbers than me on the front group.”
107| Matteo TRENTIN
Matteo Trentin: “I’m very happy about my climbing”
“It was a very good day out there. We did great tactics as Simon Yates was at the head of the race and I was on the second group and could have countered if necessary. In order to have a chance of making it to the summit with the head of the race, I needed to anticipate the move of the big climbers. That’s why attacked. I didn’t get that much of a gap, only 30 seconds. I am very happy about my climbing today, as only three riders overtook me. Riding the GC doesn’t mean you can go for stages. We targeted a few of them and for now we got two victories....
2| Egan BERNAL
Egan Bernal: “It’ll be a different race after the time trial”
“It was very predictable that the stage would happen like this. No GC rider and no GC team wanted anything more because they knew tomorrow is an important time trial in which we’ll have to give everything. Once the ITT will be done, the Tour will be different with many attacks. On Saturday, there’ll be a very hard stage with a mythical climb. Some riders will try to make it up for the time lost. For the time being, I don’t think we need to do anything but race smartly.”
168| Tim WELLENS
Tim Wellens: “I spent most of my energy to enter the breakaway”
"The fight for the breakaway took a very long time. Once in the leading group, I felt strengthless because of all the energy it took to make it to the front. I focused on the first two categorized climbs. It was enough for me to take KOM points there. Then I didn’t have the legs anymore for the last climb. As a team, we live this Tour like above a cloud. Everything is wonderful. And I hope to retain the polka dot jersey as long as I can.”
108| Simon YATES
Simon Yates: “This win makes me proud”
“I wasn’t very confident in beating them. I didn’t know how fast these two riders [Pello Bilbao and Gregor Mühlberger] were but my sport director told me to take the last corner in first position and I’m glad it work out well. To have a stage at all three Grand Tours makes me very proud. This was probably a unique opportunity for me to it this year. My main goal is to help Adam in the mountains and we thought that wouldn’t be needed today, that’s why I took the breakaway. After Daryl Impey’s win the other day, we’re having...
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