OLIVER NAESEN : “Continue to fight”
“In the road book for today, it was marked “flat”. But only in the road book. Like every day, we raced very quickly. At the Tour de France, there are never any easy stages. The sprint was played out by the strongest, à la jambe. It was very fast; you couldn’t touch the brakes. I’m sorry that Pierre is leaving us, but he has been in pain for days. We will continue to fight as we have done from the start.”OLIVER NAESEN
Pierre Latour forced to abandon
Pierre Latour abandoned during the 14th stage of the Tour de France. Our rider suffered a major trauma to his left hip when he crashed on the first stage. Various examinations over the past few days have not revealed any serious injuries or fractures, but the pain, which prevented him from pedaling normally, forced him to give up continuing the Tour de France.
PIERRE LATOUR : “It’s more safety to stop”
“I have the same pain, when you have to force it, since the moment I crashed in Nice. It was beginning to grind. Today, with the quick start, it was no longer possible to follow. It was wiser to stop. Now I will take care of myself and rest. I am disappointed because we had all the assets to succeed in a Grand Tour.”PIERRE LATOUR
Benoit Cosnefroy still has 36 points in the King of the Mountain classification. “Tomorrow, I will wear the polka dot jersey at home (note: he lives in Aix-les-Bains). It will be a great day. The menu is extensive. The Grand Colombier is "THE" pass through our region. I will try to defend this jersey.”
Romain Bardet unavailable for several weeks
Romain Bardet underwent an MRI this Saturday morning at Clermont Ferrand University Hospital which showed that he did not suffer from any serious injury but confirmed the signs of concussion diagnosed on Friday, which will require several weeks of rest, said the doctor. Eric Bouvat-, head doctor for the AG2R LA MONDIALE team.