All stars were aligned for Warren Barguil after the Arkea-Samsic leader enjoyed a smooth ride through a high-paced fifth stage of the Tour de France in the Vosges. Peter Sagan prevailed in Colmar and French champion Barguil cannot wait to start the sixth stage on Thursday for the race’s first hilltop finish.
Maxime Bouet : “I had a lot of bad luck in my career. This year, I fell in the second stage of Paris-Nice, like my leader Warren Barguil and I was sidelined for a month, going around on crutches. Then I had a slow month. I resumed racing on the Tour de l’Ain, I rode the Critérium du Dauphiné and my team trusted me with a Tour de France spot. I am very grateful and I will remember it for the rest of my career. When I look back I will see that I went through bad times but always came back. When you’re injured, you’re not really on a break, you don’t rest and try to be patient. I’m disappointed that I could not be in the first gorup with Warren today but I only have 20 days of racings that include two time trials and as many crashes. I should be getting better and better.”
If you’re on an average day you’re out and if you’re on a very good day is in the front.
The downside for us today is that no team mate finished with our leader. Three of them had been picked to be with him but Elie Gesbert, Amael Moinard and Maxime Bouet — who comes a long way and was very determined to get into shape of the Tour — did not manage to do that.
Tomorrow, we need to bounce back not to leave Warren Barguil on his own far from the finish. We must place a rider in the break and another one with Warren. The Planche des Belles Filles will be a first test for the leaders.”