âI'm over the moon. It's beautiful to ride a bike instinctively. This attack was absolutely not planned. It's been a flash in MikaĂ«l ChĂ©rel's mind. He said âlet's go flat out in the downhill'. We're submitted to a lot of pressure all year so we need road captains like Sam [Dumoulin] and Mika [ChĂ©rel] to take decisions like that. Climbing to the finishing line was pure emotions. I watched the public in the eyes and shared the emotions with the people. We're humans and humans need emotions. I ran away from any kind of calculation today. I don't know what happened behind me. I'm glad to be second now. It's better to be sixteen seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana than sixteen seconds behind. Everything can happen in Joux-Plane tomorrow. I'll try to save a place on the podium in Paris. That would be fabulous.â
Romain Bardet: «I watched the public in the eyes»
interview22.07.2016Stage 19- Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc
Romain Bardet gave the hosting nation its first stage victory in stage 19 of the 103rd Tour de France. He rode away from the yellow jersey group in the downhill preceding the final ascent to Le Bettex to catch lone escapee Rui Costa. Race leader Chris Froome and runner up Bauke Mollema crashed in that downhill, with more consequences for the Dutchman than the yellow jersey. Bardet moved up to second overall with two days to go.
âI've started to struggle in the MontĂ©e de Bisanne. I managed to come across but I couldn't follow at the end so I lost a bit of time. It's my first bad day at the Tour de France, so I can be satisfied. I didn't come to the race for riding GC and I'm fourth overall with the white jersey on my shoulders. It's not that bad. Now I have to keep it till Paris. I know I've lost a bit from Meintjes but I have to hang on for one more day.â
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