“Today it wasn't possible for me to make the break. It was full gas racing from kilometer 0. I tried to go before the climb in the first fifteen kilometers but my group didn't go clear. Then I was just riding full gas to the finish within the time limit, hoping that none of the guys behind me in the King of the Mountains classification was taking a lot of points. I was told that I mathematically kept the lead but my sport director asked me to ride full gas from the bottom of the last climb to the top because I was more than eighteen minutes behind so it was a question of making the time cut. I'm exhausted but I'm also very happy. This has been the greatest week of my cycling career so far.”
Koen Bouwman: "The greatest week of my cycling career"
interview11.06.2017Stage 8- Albertville / Plateau de Solaison
Jakob Fuglsang of Astana became the first Dane to win the overall classification of the Critérium du Dauphiné as he dethroned race leader Richie Porte throughout the ten seconds bonus awarded to the winner of the conclusive stage. This is the third time in the past four editions that there is a change of leadership on the last day. It's been a thrilling finale again!
“I can't have any regret. It's been a nice race and I really tried… I had cramps. I'm totally dehydrated. I haven't had great feelings today. Richie Porte has been very strong all week and Fuglsang very impressive today. But I'm not so far behind. I've got more work to do. I have to stay focused on my training from now on.”
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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