- Published on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:43
Tour of the Alps (stage 3) : Domenico Pozzovivo (3rd)
“Today was tough on the body with the temperatures hovering around zero degrees or even less. I am happy to be up front. I felt already from the beginning of the season at Abu Dhabi (9th) that my sensations were good.
I then took a big period of preparation in Teneriffe and then altitude training also in Italy, and so it is satisfying to be riding well.
I wanted to win today or take the leader’s jersey, but I realized that would be difficult when Geraint Thomas caught up to us. Nevertheless, it was still a good day.
There are two stages left and I want to stay on the podium for the overall (currently 2nd 16” back). I already have Liège-Bastogne-Liège at the back of my mind. I like that race; it suits my strengths. And aside from last year, I always do well there (5th in 2014 and 8th in 2015). With Romain (Bardet) as well, we can
do something very special.”
With Domenico Pozzovivo (2nd at 16''), Hubert Dupont (13th at 1'02'') and François Bidard (18th at 1’55”), the AG2R LA MONDIALE cycling team is currently in 2nd place in the team classification at 1’21”.
Romain Bardet (13th) :
"A good result before Liège"
“This is a good result to have ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. I needed to participate in this race to have the legs for Sunday. My finishing position is only a by-product. I gave my maximum on the climb, which is not the sort of climb that
I typically like. Now all I need is a little time to rest and then do a recon of the course before attacking la Doyenne.”
Pierre Latour (14th) :
"I only had one bullet"
“This morning I was a little sick, but in the end it went well. I hung on all day long and then on the Mur, I had only one bullet to fire, but it went alright.
The guys helped me through the day, and even though everyone is on the limit by the finish, I enjoyed it.
My legs are feeling pretty good especially with Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour de Romandie coming up soon.”