ROMAIN BARDET : "I wanted to have fun"
3rd for the stage (+19 '')
7th in the GC (+ 5'15”)
"I did my best, and I believed in my chance for victory until the end. On the descent, facing Dumoulin and Roglic, who are pure rouleurs, I realized that there was nothing more I could do. This Tour de France never quite smiled on me; I don’t know what more I could have done. It's disappointing, but sometimes it's like that. I decided to go on the attack on the Tourmalet. I just wanted to have some fun. It was going to be this stage or never to go to the attack and try to make a big difference. In any case, I loved being a major player in the stage today.”
PIERRE LATOUR :"Proud to wear this jersey"
17th for the stage (+ 4'31'')
13th in the GC (+ 20'21'')
"Romain was able to join Silvan on the Tourmalet. It was a hard day, but the legs were good. Romain didn’t let himself become discouraged, he proved his temperament, and his good form. I tried to manage myself for the ranking in the best young rider. Tomorrow, I really want to do a good time trial. I won’t be able to wear my French champions jersey, but I am proud to wear the best young rider jersey.”
JULIEN JURDIE :"We can be proud"
"What a day it was! Certainly the most beautiful stage of the Tour de France. We can be proud of our leader, Romain Bardet, who laid all his panache and determination on the road through the Pyrenees. He definitely fought like a lion. It's frustrating to miss out on the stage win, but we have no regrets. And our second match was with Pierre Latour today. He lost only a few seconds to Bernal by the finish, so winning the white jersey looms. He is very motivated for the time trial tomorrow and wants to have fun.”
In the classification for the best young, Pierre Latour is 5'47 '' ahead of the Colombian Egan Bernal.
Training camp in the Jura
Mikael Cherel, Matteo Montaguti, Nans Peters, Julien Duval and François Bidard were in Prémanon in the Jura with the aim of preparing for the Vuelta and the other end of season races.
For two weeks, the group has accumulated 41 hours in the saddle, adding up to 1300 kilometers.