Team Arkea-Samsic missed out on the day’s breakaway and even if they worked for a few kilometres at the start of the stage to rein in the fugitives, the sports director eventually opted for the wise option. On Thursday morning in Embrun, Warren Barguil and his team mates will be fresh and motivated.
Yvon Ledanois : « I was upset that none of my riders were in the 34-man breakaway. I had them set the pace at the front and after five kilometres, seeing it was a lost cause I told them to stop. We needs fresh riders for the next three days. They needed to understand that they made a mistake but it was better no to insist. My riders are intelligent, they’re the most disappointed. And seeing who was in front, I was not going to sacrifice four or five riders before the upcoming stages. We’re been racing very weel since the beginning of the Tour, we made a mistake today but it doesn’t have any consequences.
Tomorrow it’s gonna be Vars – Izoard and Galibier. Two teams will need to control the race, Ineos and Groupama-FDJ and there will be a GC fight in the finale. Then, the Lautaret is long and leg-snapping. No well-placed GC rider will try anything but some will crack, I don’t know who but it will happen. Warren needs to be a spectator tomorrow and seize an opportunity if there is one.”
Warren Barguil : “I’ve had two quiet days in the peloton since the rest day. Last week in the Pyrenees I reached a good level in the mountains and I hope I will have the same legs in the Alps. Today, I’m 11th in GC, which was not my main goal at the start but with four days of racing left I want to defend my position and get the best possible result. It’s not incompatible with a stage win. It’s a beautiful Tour, it’s an open one and everybody will fight until the end. Tomorrow the stage goes through the Izoard and it brings back good memories. I think it’s the most beautiful and the hardest stage of this 2019 edition.”