"It’s a pity about the 'hole' that they created at 25 km to go, otherwise maybe on the hills near the finish line I could try" commented Vincenzo Nibali a bit sorry for not being able to fight for the victory until the end.
"Sagan has attacked many times from the very first km of the initial climb, I’ve followed him and we fought so much to keep some advantage on the peloton – explained NIbali – then at the top of the mountain 10 more riders joined our escape and I thought it could be a good opportunity… At 25 km to go Sagan suprised me attacking, I was on the Cummings wheel and he made ‘the hole’ because his team mate Boasson Hagen on Sagan wheel.”
“I immediately asked for an help from the other attackers but it seemed to me that nobody had enough energies to close the gap – continued the Italian of the Astana Pro Team – so I attacked by myself and I was really close to get the escapers but in that right moment Sagan attacked again at the front and I couldn’t help with it.”
“Anyway, as promised, my condition is growing and I’ll try again…” concluded Nibali.
The winner of today stage has been the Australian, Michael Matthews who won beating the other 6 attackers in a small sprint.
Tomorrow, 11th stage of the Tour de France, from Carcassone to Montpellier (162,5 km), very suitable for the sprinters.