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Warren Barguil: “This is how I see cycling” – TDF 6
Le 11 July 2019

Warren Barguil attacked in the final ascent of the sixth stage of the Tour de France to La Planche des Belles Filles

He was long shepered by Elie Gesbert, the French champion made the race harder and boosted his confidence before finding terrains that suit him better. The stage was also marked by Andre Greipel’s presence in the break.l.

Warren Barguil: “It was not the ideal day. Just when I was taking a bottle in the second ascent a rider crashed in front of me. With only one hand on the handlebars, I could not brake. I fell, it was nothing serious but I had to make a first effort to get back into the peloton with my team mates. Them I had a problem with my front wheel, Florian Vachon gave me his and here we go again chasing the bunch. The guys were perfect. Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Delaplace put me in a good position at the foot of the penultimate climb. Then Elie Gesbert did a great job at the foot of the last ascent.

I attacked with 3.5km left, maybe I got carried away but I wanted to enjoy myself. That’s how I see cycling. It first backfired but then I kept a good rhythm. In the last 500 metres I gave everything. It was a nice stage, tonight I’m happy I’m back to a good level.”

André Greipel : “Today was not the kind of terrain that suits me. But I’d rather be in the front than suffer at the back. I managed to take on the last climb at my own pace without suffering too much.”

Yvon Ledanois – directeur sportif :  “Warren Barguil needs to attack. In this last ascent, Valverde worked for a long before pulling out and nobody maintained the pace. Valverde came back to the front again to instill a weird pace and Warren thought he could go. He was right. Landa caught him quickly and Ineos then really upped the pace and it hurt. Some leaders were in trouble. Our leader wanted to gain some confidence even on a climb that doesn’t exactly suit him. He prefers when it’s a biti less steep, and longer. On a team levels, in terms of mindset and in terms of results we are satisfied. We can always think it can be better but it’s not bad. Tomorrow will be a bunch sprint in Chalon sur Saone and there won’t be dozens of other opportunities for the sprinters.”