“First of all, tonight I have to thank my team mates who did a wonderful job to help me in this important stage” said Fabio Aru on the Team Bus after the stage.
“We did a great rythm and I wasn’t sure about to attack far away from the finish line because today’s stage is the first of four stages very difficult and important for the final GC – continued the captain of the Astana Pro Team – everyone of my team mates did a super job, then in the final someone had the energies to arrive a bit in front of me but I felt good and I think starting from tomorrow ITT there is still much to say in this Tour de France.”
Another important voice of the Astana Pro Team is the Vincenzo Nibali one who helped Aru today: “I think we did a good rythm and I saw many rivals for the GC really suffering in the back of the peloton – explained Nibali – my condition is growing and I think I will still grow and I will be able to help Aru in the next two important stages in the Alps.”
Today’s stage has been won by the Russian, Ilnur Zakarin. The British Christopher Froome kept the Yellow Jersey.
Tomorrow, the 18th stage of the Tour de France 2016, will be a 17 km individual time trial, from Sallanches to Megève,
characterized by the two climbs to the Cote de Domancy and to the Cote de Chozeuax.