Andre Greipel’s result in Riom (15th) did not match expectations but the Arkea-Samsic sprinter had the safisfaction to see the whole team working for him on a very rainy day. From Jérémy Maison to Florian Vachon, all his team mates did their best to put him in the best position.
André Greipel : « The team did a remarkable job, they were around me all day. It was very cold on the bike, the conditions were the same for everyone but it was not an easy day. It’s not an excuse, we all have to deal with the bad weather but those are conditions that don’t suit me. In the finale we all did our best. I was looking to take Bennett’s wheel. It was big fight, especially with his team mates, it that’s the name of the game in sprints. I know I’m on the right path, the sensations are better. In the end I could not really take part in the sprint, I was hoping to do well. We’re looking ahead. .
Yvon Ledanois, sports director : « Arkéa-Samsic worked very well during the whole stage despite the rain and the cold. The guys were beyond reproach, everybody did their share. When the breakaway with Berhane (Cofidis) and Pacher (Vital Concept) went, we reacted quickly. Jérémy Maison was the first to make the effort before Anthony Delaplace, Maxime Bouet and in the finale Kevin Ledanois and Florian Vachon with Warren Barguil also helping out. Too bad, Andre Greipel was beaten by stronger riders in the first sprint of the race and we don’t have the satisfaction to get the result we wanted. Tomorrow Warren will race with his new TT bike for the first time in the 26-km time trial. We know he’s not gonna win the TT but it’s important to see where he stands. Our leader is not at his maximum, contrary to a Pinot or a Bardet, he’s at 85-90%. If he does well it will bode well for the Tour de France and the time trial in Pau.»