04 February 2023

Étoile de Bessèges, stage 4 : Kevin Vauquelin 5th

At the term of a very beautiful climb of the Mont Bouquet, Kevin Vauquelin finished 5th of the fourth stage. He is 6th overall.

Photo Fred Machabert

Kévin Vauquelin

“The successful breakaway left without us, it’s a pity but that’s racing. We have a very strong Arkea-Samsic team and I think we proved it today by riding at the front of the peloton for most of the day. I would like to thank my friends for their hard work today. I had a good climb, which is still positive. Today we made some mistakes but I’m confident we’ll learn from today’s stage and do some good things quickly.”

 

Sébastien Hinault

“We knew before the start that the stage was going to be very windy. On some sections, it was almost dangerous but the conditions were the same for everyone. When the bordure was formed, Kevin and Thibault lost Luca’s wheel, it’s a pity. Behind, we assumed our status by riding the whole stage. It was a frustrating day, Kevin had a great climb and I think he will be focused on doing very well tomorrow in the final time trial.”