Nairo Quintana (Movistar) claimed a solo win the first Alpine stage of the Tour, marked by the presence in the breakaway of Amael Moinard. The Colombian moved into the top 10 of the GC. Warren Barguil, now 12th overall, admitted he was not on a great day but he is still in contact with the best and is on course to reach his objective.
Yvon Ledanois – sports director : « The big guns’ race started when Bernal (Team Ineos) attacked three kilometres from the top. Until then, the yellow jersey group rode a tempo but it was a fast race from the start. 34 riders escaped, including Amael Moinard. It was important that he was there. He gave everything to be in the front in the Col de Vars and Col d’Izoard and was there to feed Warren Barguil after Briancon. Warren was not on a great day and in these conditions, it’s good that he hung on and that he finished close to the best. Now there will be two races, the one to win the Tour and the one to be in the top 10, of which Arkea-Samsic is part.
The day Warren will be feeling good, he will have to race finely. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow will be brutal with Ineos who will want to unsettle Alalphilippe with Bernal and Thomas. On the way to Tignes, it will be very difficult after a leg-snapping ride up the Col de l’Iseran.
Warren Barguil (12th in GC) : « I was good in the Izoard, I was not super in the Galibier. I was close to be up here with the best in the Galibier but I knew it would be hard to come back in the descent. I didn’t want to take too many risks. I’m at a good level, I was not that well today, I hope it was my bad day of the Tour.”
Amael Moinard : « Getting into the breakaway was the first big fight. It took a while to take shape. It went fast and with big names, it’s a good thing that I managed to be there. I hung on in the Izoard and I was caught in Briancon by Warren’s group. I was at my limit but I sheltered him fron the wind until the foot of the Lautaret, I gave him a last bottle and my job was done. I took my time in the last climb although I did not exactly had took time to enjoy the landscape. In the next two days there won’t be any surprises and I think it will be a fight between the top guns. Our goal will be to play first to be with Warren at the foot of the last ascent.”