"It has been the queen stage of my life," confessed in his Twitter account George Bennett, one of the gregarious trusts of the leader of the Tour, Primoz Roglic. The feeling of the New Zealander was not strange in the platoon. The cyclists were far ahead of the best schedule provided by the organization in a kind of team time trial.
Nairo Quintana was the most benefited from that cut that occurred in the first kilometers The same happened in 2016, when Alberto Contador marked the way for the final victory in the Tour. For that, the Colombian worked from the beginning. "Quintana has given a kilo relay in the first 60 kilometers," says Roberto Laiseka. The former cyclist sees the race from a privileged position as the driver of the race director's car, Javier Guillén. And he adds that the damage to Movistar's rivals could have been much greater. "Alejandro (Valverde) was with Nairo, but if he has not entered it will have been for a roundabout that they met at that time," he added. If the two had joined in the lead, the coup in general could have been final.
"It has been a great stage," Quintana confessed, who seems to have overcome his bad physical moment in recent days caused by a cold. "When your legs get tired, you pedal with your heart," he says.
"After 17 years of career I had never done such a stage. You can say that it has been something historical," acknowledges the winner of the stage, Philippe Gilbert. "I think many of our legs will hurt tomorrow. We have all had to draw strength from our reserves, we haven't had time to eat or drink, "he explains"Many brokers are going to be disappointed and many directors angry. I would not be surprised if there were meetings at the hotels tonight and tomorrow there may be a thirst for revenge," he says.
However, the leader does not seem to have been affected by the lack of control. "I have not been scared, I have remained calm. We will see in Madrid if I saved the Tour today, but everything looks good for us. The race is unpredictable and we can expect a great battle in the next few days, "says Roglic.
. (tagsToTranslate) Sunday Garcia