Astana Proteam ends this Tour with a positive balance: a win at stage 5, a podium place at stage 12, three days in the polka dot jersey, two days in the yellow jersey and a final 5th place in the general classification of the race.
- I wanted to get more in this Tour de France, and I know that it was possible. But, in general, I am happy with the result I’ve reached. I missed 45 seconds only to be on the podium and taking in account my bronchitis, this is a good performance for me. Besides, I won a very nice stage and this victory, the very first one at the Tour, I will remember the whole life. It was a great day! Also, I’ve got a lot of fantastic emotions from two days in the yellow jersey! I want to thank my team for everything was done here in the Tour. It was not easy at all after crashes and abandons of Jakob Fuglsang and Dario Cataldo, and we missed them in the mountains. But, all other guys did their best to support me. I congratulate all the riders on the final podium! I really want to come back here at the Tour de France. And next time I will come to get something much bigger than now! – said Fabio Aru.
- I think, our team did a very strong and good race. Unfortunately, the loss of two key riders right before the Alpine stages and the illness of Fabio did not allow us to reach a result we were ready for. Anyway, we leave the Tour with something substantial: a beautiful solo victory at the fifth stage, a few days in the yellow jersey and the 5th place in the final classification – this is a very solid performance. So, this race is finished, while we still have a lot of new races, new goals and, I am sure, new wins, - said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.
Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen became the winner of the final stage in Paris, outsprinting German Andre Greipel and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.
For the fourth time in his career Chris Froome won the yellow jersey of the winner of the Tour de France. The final podium on the Champs-Élysées was completed by Colombian Rigoberto Uran and French rider Romain Bardet.
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