Sunday July 13th, 2014

Stage 9Gérardmer / Mulhouse

Start 13h20 (Local time)

Pierre Rolland: "I rode like I was the one taking the jersey"

interview13.07.2014Stage 9- Gérardmer / Mulhouse

Involved in the break of the day with four Europcar team-mates, Frenchman Pierre Rolland made it back to 8th overall, 4:07 behind Tony Gallopin, but 2:33 behind Vincenzo Nibali and in front of Alberto Contador before the key stage to La Planche des Belles Filles.

"I went through hard times during the first week. Yesterday it was not a great joy in the Europcar bus. We had decided to remotivate and try again. We had a great urge to do well. But to have five men in the front was just unbelievable. When we saw that it was lost for the stage win, I talked to Tony Gallopin and we decided to try and do something for the GC. It might be my chauvinistic side, but I rode full gas like I was the one taking the jersey. Tomorrow, I'll try to take it easier because I'm not super, I don't have the same eggs as in the Giro."  

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