Kévin Vauquelin: « I learned a lot about myself »
4th of the last stage of the Pays de la Loire Région Tour, Kévin Vauquelin finishes 6th of this event in the general classification.
On the line
“I felt better today, even if I had trouble breathing. What is reassuring is that without being at 100%, I managed to be in front on this last difficult stage to play for the win. I thought about giving up two days ago because I had pain in my neck and shoulder blades. But I am a competitor. I wanted to show that I was capable of showing courage. I gritted my teeth. A career can go through difficult moments, here it was, but the legs were good. I wanted to do a good stage today. It’s also good for my confidence. I showed the team and the staff that even at 100%, I could continue to be totally involved, and above all that the fact of not giving up could give us a certain form of satisfaction. I have learned a lot about myself over the last two days.
“The general assessment is not necessarily good at the end of this Pays de la Loire Région Tour, considering everything that happened to us at the beginning of the week. But the riders never gave up, the group was united until the end. The instructions given this morning were respected, Kévin was present in the final to try to win the stage. He wasn’t at his best, but what he did is interesting for the future. He was able to show resistance. He comes out of this event with a good morale, a good dynamic has been reinstalled for him in view of the coming competitions which will be even more suitable for him”.