Friday July 22nd, 2016

Stage 19Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

Start 13h10 (Local time)

Romain Bardet: «I watched the public in the eyes»

interview22.07.2016Stage 19- Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

“I'm over the moon. It's beautiful to ride a bike instinctively. This attack was absolutely not planned. It's been a flash in Mikaël Chérel's mind. He said ‘let'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 [Chérel] 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.”

  • Romain Bardet delivers first French win

    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.

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