Élie Gesbert: "We keep the same objectives"
Élie Gesbert 7th in Quillan showed that the Arkea-Samsic team, even if it is now composed of only four riders, has not lost any of its initial ambitions.
On the line…
“It was a stage where many riders wanted to be in front. I had rarely seen that in the Tour. During one hundred kilometres, there were many breakaway attempts! I launched a breakaway at the first difficulties with four French riders and we managed to make the junction. We probably lost some of our energy, but I have no regrets, Mollema was superior to us. He attacked when he had to at the bottom of the descent and he held on, well done to him. We will continue to give it our best shot to win this stage despite the fact that we have not been spared since the start of the Tour de France in Brest”.
“It was a stage that went fast again, with a very high average speed during the first hours of the race. There are only four of us left because Warren was injured and didn’t start this morning, Nacer also fell yesterday. The Pyrenees are coming up and there are still a lot of points to give out in the next few days for the mountain classification”.