“A quiet stage for us, waiting for tomorrow’s important ITT” said Luis Leon Sanchez after the finish line.
“Yesterday we tried with Lutsenko and he went really close to the finish line but unfortunately we weren’t particularly lucky with so many teams that wroked at the front to ease a final bunch sprint – explained the Spaniard – today was a ‘transfer’ stage with the breakaway that was able to conquer the finish line.”
“We kept our leaders out of any risk and I think we can say it has been a ‘quiet’ stage – continued Sanchez – tomorrow there will be this important ITT where normally I think I could do pretty good: after the efforts of the Giro I’m a bit tired in terms of mind concentration but my legs are pretty good… let’s see what I will be able to do tomorrow!”
“Then in the next stages we will work as a Team to help Jakob Fuglsang and Fabio Aru to do as good as possible in the mountain looking at the GC – concluded Sanchez – and after the Dauphiné I will have a bit of rest, looking at the second part of the season where I should ride at the Vuelta a Espana.”
Today’s stage has been won by the Dutch Koen Bouwman who conquered the small sprint between the breakaway’s men. All of our riders were safe in the bunch and the GC hasn’t changed with the Belgian Thomas De Gendt still in the lead.
Tomorrow, one of the most important stage of this Dauphiné, the 23.5 km individual time trial from La-Tour-du-Pin to Bourgoin-Jallieu, hilly but fast.