Saturday July 25th, 2015

Stage 20Modane Valfréjus / Alpe d'Huez

Start 13h15 (Local time)

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Thibaut Pinot claimed his second stage win at the Tour de France in the mythical Alpe d'Huez three years after his debut at Porrentruy. It was brilliant win built collectively by FDJ with Alexandre Geniez attacking from the gun. Pinot resisted to the return of Nairo Quintana who attacked Chris Froome just as he promised to do but the Kenyan-born rider kept an advantage of 1.12 over his arch-rival in the overall classification on the eve of the conclusive stage in Paris.

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interview25.07.2015

Romain Bardet: "No regrets"

"I had a lot of dreams in that polka-dot jersey last night. I enjoyed it as much as I could. I have no regrets. If I had been told at the end of the first week that I would finish so high in the GC, with a stage win to top it, I would have signed on the dotted line. Thibaut Pïnot's victory is great for French cycling. We stimulate each other. Congratulations."

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I'm satisfied and very pleased to win the green jersey once again. I've done my best during the whole Tour. I've raced aggressively. I made many breakaways. But I haven't managed to win a stage, at least until now. But I haven't said my last word. There's another one in Paris. I'll try my luck again. I've heard it might rain. In this case, before anything else I'll have to avoid crashing.

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"I was tired, it was another hard day. It's not impossible to double up the Tour and the Giro, but it's difficult because we don't have the experience. But I prefer to have tried than to remain with the desire of doing it. The Tour is the most beautiful race, the most important. But there are other races I'm proud to have won."

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“It was unbelievably hard. Chris was not at his best today but it's nice to see Thibaut win. It's a great day for French cycling as well. The last three weeks were very hard, we had to defend the jersey for 18 days. Movistar tried everything today but to finish this way is just fantastic. Chris is a good friend for me, I was fighting so hard. I'm proud to have been the last man to fight by his side.”

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We had a strategy. We thought about attacking up to the col de la Croix-de-Fer but it didn't work out. Plan B was to do it at L'Alpe d'Huez and we took some time [over Chris Froome] but not enough. I saw the yellow jersey was far behind but he fought till the end to keep the lead. He and his team defended very well. I was only looking for the overall victory, not for the stage win. I've given everything I had in the past two stages but it didn't work out. I'm satisfied because we have never...

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The atmosphere up to L'Alpe Huez was impressive. I've dropped Ryder Hesjedal at the Dutch corner, so I was pushed by the crowd. It's been a great feeling. I've had hard times during this Tour de France but I never gave up. My morale was low after William Bonnet badly crashed, I was sick and I had a mechanical on the cobblestones. Lack of luck is part of sport, crashes and punctures are part of cycling, it also makes the beauty of cycling. Despite all that, the atmosphere remained fantastic...

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There have been so many emotions going through my mind up to that last climb of the Tour de France. I've always had team-mates with me. The job they've done has saved my yellow jersey. We were obviously trying to control Nairo Quintana. All the weeks of training and time away from my wife and my family came to my head and helped me pushing till the end. Today's stage was only 110km long but it felt like riding flat out for 300km. It's unreal. Winning the Tour again gives me an unbelievable...

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Questioned this morning by letour.com, FDJ's directeur sportif Yvon Madiot said: “It's going to be a hard stage but it might as well be a very controlled race because everyone will defend his position on GC. We've got two goals: to have a rider in the early breakaway and Thibaut Pinot to fight with the top GC guys at L'Alpe d'Huez.”

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Sporting stakes24.07.2015

Grand finale in the iconic climb

L'Alpe d'Huez has never been so close to Paris… For the first time ever, the iconic climb of the modern history of the Tour de France is on the eve of the final stage on the Champs-Elysées. The suspense is still on. Chris Froome is ready for one last duel with Nairo Quintana. He considers himself in an excellent position with an advantage of 2.38 ahead of a short conclusive stage in the Alps but stage 19 to La Toussuire has evidenced that the Colombian hasn't said his last word. Team Sky...

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