It was a good fourth stage in the Tour of Catalunya for Arkea-Samsic as Amael Moinard featured in the breakaway and Warren Barguil felt better, giving the team confidence for the days ahead.
Warren Barguil (31st): “At the beginning of the stage I got a boomerang effect. When Brice was caught, I attacked but it didn’t work. The peloton went up the first climb full gas and I got dropped. But I did not panic and came back. I was better today. My legs are responding better even if it doesn’t really show. Thiw week is gonna do me good.”
Amael Moinard : “The breakaway took shape at the top of the first climb. Everybody was hurting. When it starts like this you know it’s gonna a tough-men breakaway. The pace was super high and mid-stage, in the 20-km ascent, the fireworks started. It was a tough day. I got caught at the beginning of the final climb – this kind of effort is rarely rewarded. The team was there all day, it was the good thing to do. It was tough on the legs but not mentally. I always spend a good day when I’m in front, especially when it’s the Queen stage of the Tour of Catalunya.”
Yvon Ledanois (sports director) : « Warren Barguil was feeling a bit better today. He was dropped in the last climb with guys like Thibaut Pinot. There was a big breakaway with 24 riders, including Amael Moinard, after a first try by Brice Feillu. As there were big guns and GC riders up front I knew it would be tough for Amael to go all the way. It was full gas all day. Mid-stage, Warren was in the 45-man bunch with Kevin Ledanois. I saw Warren mostly in the last climb and he was not doing bad. I liked the mindset of the team. Brice tried, Amael got in the break , Andre Greipel wasn’t bad, job done. It’s positive, let’s keep it that way. It’s gonna be easier tomorrow. The GC is settled, there will be opportunities.”