47| Jonas VINGEGAARD
Vingegaard: “Very happy and proud”
"It was quite incredible. We had planned to attack and that [Primoz Roglic] should follow me because we wanted to see if we could drop everyone. We succeeded with that so I think we can be very happy and proud of what we did. In the Ardennes classic, I didn’t have the best period but now I’m back at a really high level adnn for sure I’m really happy about it. It’s one of the biggest races in the world. To win a stage and to be second overall is great for me. To be honest, it would be hard to be 1-2 in the Tour because there will be many GC contenders....
46| Wout VAN AERT
Wout Van Aert: "Tomorrow a new race starts"
The plan was to defend our position in GC. It was a long day and we had been pulling at the front already the whole week. We wanted to have a good beakaway and take it a bit more easy in the end. But it was a really hectic start with a lot of attacks. And in the end, some teams still tried to go for the stage but it was too late.For us everything went according to plan.
My climbing legs are not too bad, it’s been up and down already the whole week but for sure it will be different tomorrow. Of course we have Primoz who is doing really well and tomorrow...
216| Pierre ROLLAND
Pierre Rolland : “Hope to have enough legs left to keep the KOM jersey”
I decided not to move in the last bump because I really thought I could do well in a sprint. After 200 km, in spite of what people think, I can be quite fast in a group.
Valentin surged at the right time, we were not really watching him because he looked the most worn out of the guys in front.
Second is second. I was disappointed yesterday, I’m disappointed today. It’s the story of my career that I need time to win a big one. It’s frustrating but I hope to still have good legs tomorrow to take the KOM jersey all the way.
145| Valentin FERRON
Valentin Ferron : « A reward for a lot of work »
It’s huge. It’s the result of a lot of work. Every day you hope to win but you have to enjoy a World Tour victory because there won’t be a lot in a career.
It’s an achievement, a great satisfaction in a sports career. It was a great breakaway group, with strong guys in the front.
I was not the fastest so when I saw that there was a lull I decide to surge and go for it and it worked. It’s great. It’s a special feeling to win here.
We’ll celebrate tonight and maybe it will sink in then. This year, you can tell...
131| Benjamin THOMAS
Thomas: "Nothing to regret"
"We maintained suspense. 70 kilometese from the finish, there were not many people betting on us. I wanted to save some for the sprint, I don't know if it was risky but in the end we are 5 seconds short. It was not a trivial breakaway, we almost escaped the scenario everyone was expecting with a mass sprint. There is nothing to regret"
216| Pierre ROLLAND
Rolland: "The feelings are mixed"
"I took a few points, it didn't cost me a lot of energy so it's pretty good. But the feelings are mixed, with Sebastian Schönberger and the breakaway getting caught. It was tight with the peloton, and Wout van Aert wins again… It feels like it’s always the same. Tomorrow is still not too hard, but I think that on Saturday with the Galibier and the Croix-de-Fer, the “small points” that I have scored so far won’t mean much."
6| Ethan HAYTER
Hayter: "It would be nice to take a win actually"
"I think maybe there was a moment of hesitation in the sprint. But my team were amazing today with what they did in the final, it was really incredible. My performances are good, but being three times on the podium, i. Tomorrow might be easier than today in the finish. Probably BikeExchange will try to control again and we’ll see how it goes."
46| Wout VAN AERT
Van Aert: "If even GC guys with 60kg pull..."
"Until the last kilometre, I was focused on catching the break and then I quickly shifted to trying to do a good sprint. Luckily Christophe [Laporte] did a master pull in the end and before I asked the boys to do everything they could. If even GC guys with 60kg pull in the front, you know you have to finish it off. It’s huge to win again on the Dauphiné. Today it was really hard again to catch the break. I needed all my teammates to bridge the gap and it worked out in the end. I’m really proud of my teammates."
46| Wout VAN AERT
Van Aert: "Ganna is the best time-trialist"
"Two seconds is not a lot, but that makes the difference. I got beaten by the World Champion. I love to win but I have to accept it and I’m happy with my performance. I think I did a really good start, I was really on the limit in the corners and maybe that’s why I had an advantage on Filippo at the first split. On the second part, I thought I had a good pace but he was a lot faster. And on the end I could find my rhythm again, I was catching up with Gaudu and Lafay and that was a little advantage but I came short. I think it was a honest TT and I lost it. I...
5| Filippo GANNA
Filippo Ganna: “We can only say chapeau to Van Aert”
"Every time we are close. Van Aert is very strong, yesterday he was already really close to victory. He’s a superb athlete and we can only say chapeau to him. It was a pretty good course for me. This morning, when we saw it was raining, I thought it was not gonna be a good day, but luckily the Sun came and we had the same conditions for all the riders. Copenhagen is coming close, but I have to wait and see if I’ll be there."
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