Set to substitute his arch-rival Peter Sagan who outclassed him on stage 3 in the first uphill sprint finish, Michael Matthews beat Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in Rodez where the Belgian found the confidence by outsprinting Sagan two years ago. The Australian gave Sunweb a second straight victory after Warren Barguil made it in Foix. The steep finish favoured Chris Froome to move back into the yellow jersey.read more
“It's fantastic again! Michael won, it's very important for the team. We had a marker on this stage for a long time. It's the fruit of a great team work. Yesterday, Michael and some other riders were instructed to save energy for today. That was needed for coming across to Thomas De Gendt who rode really well.”read more
“I wanted to have a big chance for the stage victory. To break away is my only way to win. I also knew the teams of Matthews and Van Avermaet were going to control the race. Being only five guys at the front with only two minutes advantage, we were aware that it would be difficult. I'll attack again because there's still one week of racing. The Tour de France is my main goal of the year.”read more
I'm happy now even if I was a little frustrated during the stage, but I was just not good enough. I did my share of the turns, we rode a great ride. You must be fair play too, I was not the strongest in the breakaway and the peloton played it right. I believed we could make it. Attempts like this, after two weeks in the Tour, you never know. Some riders can be tired and Thomas De Gendt is a rider who is better in the second part of the Tour. So yes, I believed we could make it.read more
“It did help to know finish from two years ago, but I'm back in yellow because the team kept me at the front. Without their job, there's no way I could keep my position. In the last 500m, I heard shouting in radio, ‘push, push, push'… It's amazing to hear that. Every second here is worth fighting for. It is still so close.”read more
“It went as expected. We rode all day. We kept the breakaway so close, I knew I'd very few team mates at the end, but still I had 2-3 guys with me in the final. It's a sweet day. Last time here, two years ago, I had four broken ribs. It was the stage I targeted before I crashed. To come back and win is a dream come true.”read more
A stage from Blagnac to Rodez has been done before but on a very different course. Back in 1984, it was also a Tour of glory for French riders. Pierre-Henri Menthéour delivered the sixth stage victory for the Renault team that was also going to win the Tour with Laurent Fignon. Tony Gallopin is the kind of Frenchman expected to shine in Rodez but it'll be hard for the whole bunch to keep Lilian Calmejane calm! The winner of stage 8 is the enfant du pays as he'll pass very near his hometown...read more
jersey wearers 2017
- 07/23Summary - Stage 21 - Tour de France 2017
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- 07/23Michael Matthews: "We fought every...
- 07/23Warren Barguil: "Beyond my dreams"
- 07/23Romain Bardet: "I won't prevent...
- 07/23Chris Froome: "The emotion is still...
- 07/23Warren Barguil: “Beyond my dreams”
- 07/23Rigoberto Uran: “The Tour is much...
- 07/23Michael Matthews: “I took the...
- 07/23Romain Bardet: “I won't prevent...
- 07/23Dylan Groenewegen: “It's a perfect...
- 07/23Chris Froome: “I'll go for the...
- 07/23Last opportunity for the sprinters
- 07/01Presentation - Stage 21 - Tour de...
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