"I was very disappointed to miss out on the stage victory on Sunday but I feel an immense happiness today. I was the first cyclist to ride on this new road [leading to the finish today] when I was here with my parents [in May]. It was a long day on the saddle today, so it was important to mentalize the finish. In May, Peyragudes was a desert but I knew it would be all fired up today. Now that I got the stage win I was looking for since the beginning of the season, I can focus on GC. Building on my past experiences, I wanted to reach the podium earlier than last year. That's my way to improve my cycling."
Romain Bardet: "Now I can focus on GC"
interview13.07.2017Stage 12- Pau / Peyragudes
The overall classification of the 104th Tour de France was shaken up in the last 300 metres of the “marathon-stage” in the Pyrenees. After Team Sky controlled it all, Chris Froome lost contact to Romain Bardet who won his third stage in three years and Fabio Aru who moved into the lead three years after his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour as the reigning Italian champion.
“It was a hard day again. It's still a long way to go and there's a nervous stage tomorrow. I'm sure Sky and Froome haven't said their last word. I'm still up there fighting with the world's best rider. I can be happy with my ride.”
jersey wearers after the stage 18
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