There was a bit of disappointment for Warren Barguil after the time trial won by Julian Alaphilippe(Deceuninck-Quick Step) but it goes to show that the Arkea-Samsic leader put on an honourable display, losing time mostly in the last 10km that favoured the rouleurs.
Tonight, Warren is where his team was expecting him to be and tomorrow he will be ready to tackle the high mountains.
Warren Barguil : “I was expecting to lose time but I rode this TT full gas and I would have liked to limit the damage more.
In my preparation, I favoured the climbing over time trialing, so it’s on me. With the team, we stay focused on our goal which is to win a stage. I am not happy with my time trial, but I will put this frustration behind and look ahead to the Tourmalet.”
Yvon Ledanois : “I have to remind everyone that we came on the Tour for a stage win. In our predictions, we had Warren six minutes off the pace after this time trial, he is 6:38 behind. He’s where he is supposed to be but we will need a great Warren to win a stage.
Today he climbed the hill at 30 kph and he was at 55 kph on the flat. With 10km left he was 30th and he slipped down on the flat final part.
It could be better but Warren’s Tour start’s tomorrow.
He will be on his terrain and will have his say. The Tour is far from over. In this TT, Maxime Bouet finished with the same time as his leader so he did what was expected from him – a good TT.”