Sunday July 13th, 2014

Stage 9GĂ©rardmer / Mulhouse

Start 13h20 (Local time)

Tony Gallopin: «It's more than formidable»

interview13.07.2014Stage 9- GĂ©rardmer / Mulhouse

Stage winner.

“I've made it! I was thinking about taking the yellow jersey since the cobbled stage, nevertheless, what I feel is indescribable. When I was a kid, I couldn't dream of taking the yellow jersey because I was getting dropped at all the races I took part in. Today, I knew there might be an opportunity, so I didn't want to miss the breakaway. I jumped in all the attacks. It has lasted for forty kilometers but I made it. Then I've had to fight all the way to make sure that the gap was big enough. I haven't wanted to believe it was going to happen until I crossed the line. Tomorrow I'll ride in yellow on the occasion of France's national day. It's unbelievable. It's more than formidable. But it won't be the easiest stage for defending the lead. Favorites will undergo their first real big test and I only have one and half minute lead. I'll do all I can to keep the jersey. I'd love to have it for more than one day.”

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