21| Geraint THOMAS
Geraint Thomas: “I’ve won a massive race”
“It’s amazing to win such a prestigious race. It’s incredible. I didn’t let myself thinking so far ahead. I was always thinking of the next day or the next day. Now I realize I’ve won a massive race. Punctures today didn’t really help. I had to chase back on. The guys rode really well for me. On the last climb, I just knew I had about 1’20’’ to lose on Yatesy. Each kilometre, I was more confident and happier. Finally, at 200 to go, when they started sprinting for the win, I was like relieved....
31| Romain BARDET
Romain Bardet : “Feelings are good for the Tour”
“I’ve tried to race for winning today. I’ve been a bit generous and Adam Yates have been a bit shiftier than me. I’m a little bit disappointed because I always want more. I’m satisfied with having improved my cycling every day during the Dauphiné. Feelings are good. It’s positive. We also took our marks as a team. But Geraint Thomas showed that he’s one of the best riders in the world and he’s able to be the leader of Team Sky.”
35| Pierre Roger LATOUR
Pierre Latour: “It’s encouraging for what’s coming next”
“The outcome is pretty good. We’re reassured that we have come back on form from our altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada. It’s encouraging for what’s next. Today again we’ve showed that we’re strong as a team. We had nothing to lose, so we tried everything we could. Only last night when we realized that I was only nine seconds down on the white jersey, we started thinking about winning it. It’s great to win as well as working for Romain Bardet the whole week. Geraint Thomas also had a very strong...
131| Adam YATES
Adam Yates: “I just made one big winning move”
“It’s been two back to back hard stages. The past four days, I’ve always been kinda the one to initiate the attacks. So today I decided to wait. I just made that final move towards the end. I could take the stage win on the last corner. Romain Bardet was trying to overtake me in the GC. But every time I responded. The Tour de France has been my main goal for the whole season. We’re getting closer and closer. I’m happy to get confidence from this race. I look forward to the Tour now.”
91| Marc SOLER
Marc Soler: “We didn’t win but we had to try”
“We tried something in the finale. I felt good and I could take advantage of the help of my team-mate Hector Carretero. We didn’t win but we had to try. Tomorrow, it’ll certainly be a difficult and very fast day. I hope to finish the Dauphiné with the white jersey.”
1| Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA
Pello Bilbao: “After the Giro, to win here is unbelievable”
“It’s really amazing. Yesterday, I had a bad day. I paid for my efforts from the Giro. I was completely done, I had no energy left, but today I felt good legs. I wanted to try something for the team who believed in me for overall. The rhythm of the breakaway was much better for me. It went perfect in the last climb. I had a small gap but I had to stay ahead before the last 5km. I knew it would be easier after that point. I managed to stay away. It’s unbelievable for me. It’s difficult to maintain a good condition...
21| Geraint THOMAS
Geraint Thomas: “It's a big test”
“Obviously the boys rode really well. At the start, we controlled that nicely. And Bora wanted to ride, so it was good for us. In the final climb, we had everything under control. [Adam] Yatesy and Orica [Mitchelton-Scott] put the hammer down a bit. It was hard going but we stuck well together. Tao [Geoghegan Hart] rode exceptionally well. Then the last k, I just wanted to try and close the gap as much as possible. I stayed quite steady on that last corner. I didn’t want to repeat the prologue. It’s been a really good day!...
11| Daniel MARTIN
Dan Martin: “I didn’t expect to be that strong”
“It’s been a difficult start of the season for myself and the team, but it’s just fantastic that it worked out today. Personally, since I won a stage at the Tour de France [in 2013], I’ve probably second and third about ten times, so it’s great to win here just before the Tour, because that’s my goal. I surprised myself today though. I didn’t expect to be that strong. In the finale, I hesitated a bit but I knew that my GC position enabled me to attack. I was at the limit. I waited for the other guys...
25| Gianni MOSCON
Gianni Moscon: "Cycling is a beautiful sport"
“It’s been a very hard stage. The uphill start was very tiring. From the gun, I still felt yesterday’s stage in my legs. I haven’t fully recovered. I knew I’d probably lose the yellow-blue jersey. But today I didn’t have one of my best days on the bike. It’s not too bad though. My condition keeps improving. I’m still happy with how things go because we still have the leader’s jersey with Geraint [Thomas]. We can really play for the overall victory. There are two hard stages left with a lot of climbing. We can make...
101| Julian ALAPHILIPPE
Julian Alaphilippe: "It was burning in my legs"
“I’m super happy. The Dauphiné is a very competitive race. It’s never easy to win here. I wasn’t far behind [Daryl] Impey on stage 1. Today, it was the only stage win I could target really. Yesterday in the hotel room, I told Bob [Jungels] that I seriously wanted to go for it. I rode flat out in the last five kilometres. It was burning in my legs. At the end, I gave everything. Now I’ll try to help Bob until Sunday evening because I know it’ll be more complicated for me. I’m a punchy rider...
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