- It was a fast stage for real climbers. It was a good stage for me, but of course I am just on my way to recover after the Giro because I'm planning to go to the Tour. Indeed, Valverde was the big favorite today, but I was not bad at all. Yes, I missed a bit to remain in that first group to fight for something more. But I can be happy with my form right now. I still have to recover a bit more and to improve ahead of the Tour, but so far everything is good. – Luis Leon Sanchez.
The riders faced a mountain stage of almost 200 kilometers, from Prat-Bonrepaux to Les Monts d'Olmes. Five categorized climbs with a finish on top of a climb of the first category. Luis Leon Sanchez tried to stay clear in a breakaway, but at the final climb there was one group of favorites that would battle for the stage win.
Luis Leon Sanchez was able to stay in this select group for a long time. But at the end, Alejandro Valverde, Daniel Navarro and Kenny Elissonde were the strongest climbers of the day, finishing in front of the group with Sanchez, who finished fourth.
Tomorrow is the final day of Route d’Occitanie, with 192,7 kilometers from Mirepoix to Cazouls-lès-Béziers.
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