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.
Thomas Voeckler: "I believed we could make it"
interview15.07.2017Stage 14- Blagnac / Rodez
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.
“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.”
jersey wearers after the stage 18
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