11| David GAUDU
David Gaudu: “I gained confidence”
"It’s always a pleasure to climb on the podium, furthermore at the end of a stage race and as the winner of the best young rider standings. I’m happy, I’m inside the top 10 of the overall standings and I gained confidence with good feelings for my return to competition. The Dauphiné is an important step towards the Tour. When we arrived, we didn’t really know how we would do. We figured we’d take things as they come. I wasn’t feeling at my best in the first days but yesterday everything went well and today I was up for it in...
124| Sonny COLBRELLI
Sonny Colbrelli: “We’ve done great”
"I’m very happy with the green jersey. The last two days were about surviving. Three places of second, a stage victory, and two victories for Mark Padun, we’ve done great as a team. Now I want to be in my best shape for the Tour de France. My dream is to win the first stage, to take the Yellow jersey. And If not, I’ll go for another stage and also for the green jersey."
35| Richie PORTE
Richie Porte: “To finally win here, I’m over the Moon”
"I’ve been 2nd twice on GC, I also lost the 2nd place in the final km another year, so to finally win it, I’m over the Moon. All the sacrifices with my wife and my two kids, it’s worth it. And with Ineos Grenadiers, this team was unbelievable today. I know the descent from Joux Plane, I’ve done it many many times. I decided to do my own pace. I saw G [Thomas] crash. Obviously it was not ideal but he came back, with some road rash, but hell be tip top for the Tour. I’m under no illusion as to what my job is in the Tour. To win this race means...
127| Mark PADUN
Mark Padun: “I never felt so good”
"It’s a dream. It’s really really incredible. I still felt yesterday’s victory was unbelievable, it left me with so much stress and adrenaline. I tried to forget what I did and to focus on today. The plan was to go in the breakaway and maybe help Jack Haig for the GC battle on the final climb. I figured why not go for the KOM points too. We had more than 2 minutes for the last climb and everything went so easy for me. I never felt so easy on the bike in such a race. Physically, it’s hard but mentally I never felt so good. I’m a young rider. I...
11| David GAUDU
David Gaudu: “The legs are here”
“I’m satisfied with my day, I did a good climb. I hesitated when Richie Porte attacked. I was afraid I would crumble later, it was still a long way to the finish. It was hard to get away then. I tried several times and I burned some matches. But I’m happy with how I climbed. The legs are here. The point is to up the ante towards the Tour de France. Tomorrow, we have a great stage with Joux-Plane. So far, the Dauphiné is a success. I came here to find the rhythm of competition. I didn’t know how I was after my crash in training. Let’s not...
35| Richie PORTE
Richie Porte: “I’m under no illusion it will be easy tomorrow”
"I’ve been here before on the penultimate with the yellow jersey. I’m under no illusion it will be easy tomorrow. Joux-Plane is a nightmare of a climb, one of the most solid climbs in the world of cycling. Whatever happens tomorrow, we’ll give our all and I’m very motivated to bring this jersey home. I’m over the moon. I think when Movistar set the pace, they didn’t have many guys left. Geraint [Thomas] said: 'off you go'. It was the plan this morning. We have the numbers. It’s great to be back in his team. I’m enjoying riding...
127| Mark PADUN
Mark Padun: “When I saw the finish line, I couldn’t believe it”
"It’s an incredible moment for me, my first WorldTour victory in one of the hardest stages of the Dauphiné. I’ve felt so bad on the bike for six days, I fought so hard and I thought I wouldn’t finish the race. When I saw the finish line, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like a dream for me. I just wanted to get some advantage to try and be in the top 10. Then I managed to open a gap and I figured why not try to go. I dropped Kuss and then I went full gas all the way to the line."
176| Ilan VAN WILDER
Ilan Van Wilder: “Hopefully I feel better tomorrow”
"In the beginning, I needed some time to come into the race but then I felt better and better. It was not my best day on a bike but it was ok. I will just give all I have in the next days. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow, and even better the day after. I did my own race today to get the highest result possible."
94| Alexey LUTSENKO
Alexey Lutsenko: “I’m very happy to take the jersey and tomorrow will be another fight”
"It’s a really special day and it was a really hard day. There was a big fight for the jersey and also for the stage. It was really hard today but I think tomorrow will be even harder. I’m very happy to take the jersey and tomorrow will be another fight with longer climbs. I’ll try to fight for the general classification. I hope I can also wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, why not?"
56| Alejandro VALVERDE
Alejandro Valverde: “To still be at the front now is amazing”
"First of all, I want to thank my team. They worked a lot for the whole week and today again they were impressive in the finale so that nobody could take the win. Ineos Grenadiers went very hard and [Geraint] Thomas left a split. I felt it was time to go but I kept a steady pace and I managed to pass him in the last metres. To still be at the front now is amazing. Miguel Angel Lopez is doing well, Enric Mas too. They are great climbers and we’ll give our best with them this week-end."
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