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Romain Bardet : "A very tactical stage"

Tour de France stage 13th

ROMAIN BARDET: "A VERY TACTICAL STAGE"

11th for the stage, 3rd overall (+25")

“It was a very tactical stage, more than physically challenging, and there were a lot guys marking each other, especially the guys high up on the GC. It’s a shame that there is so much careful calculating going on in the middle of the second week. There is still a lot of the race to go, and we opened the door again to riders that we had already managed to distance, so I hope we won’t be biting our fingers in Paris.

Personally, I felt very good, but it will be difficult to find any freedom now. And besides that, this final was not conducive to attacks. I just had to follow all day. It was a great race with real champions like Quintana and Contador, who have had their pride hurt a little these last few days. So they fought to come back into the game, as well as Landa, who is going to be very dangerous now. Behind, there was a lot of marking going on. It is a bit of a shame, but it should make the race even more exciting.”

STEPHANE GOUBERT: "STAYING FOCUSED"

“Though the Sky Team lost the yellow jersey yesterday, they remain a very formidable team, as they proved today. They had two additional cards to play, Nieve or Landa. It was a 100km day, a very unusual stage, and we will now return to more classic profiles.

Now everyone is aware of how Sky will be reacting and so now we will have to adapt. It will be a very nervous race with a lot of bluffing. You really have to stay focused, not panic, and everything will be fine.”

THE NEWS: A TOAST TO ROMAIN

Samuel Dumoulin, Clément Chevrier, Quentin Jauregui, Julien Duval, Alexis Gougeard, François Bidard and Alexandre Geniez at a training camp in at Auris in Oisans (Isère) were excited about Romain Bardet’s victory at Peyragudes. In the evening they cheered and toasted to the health of their teammate.

 

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