“How did you expertise this present day in yellow?
It was an excellent day to put on the yellow jersey. I stayed secure within the peloton and loved the surroundings and the crowds alongside the roads. Fortunately, I lived a a lot much less nervous stage than yesterday (Saturday). But in the long run, I take 2nd place for the third time, and even when every time I’m nearer and nearer to victory, this one is essentially the most irritating. I can solely blame myself, I do know I received out of Christophe’s wheel too quickly and it is my fault.
Did you could have an evidence with Peter Sagan who had a motion of irritation in the direction of you after the road (within the warmth of the motion, he felt packed on the barrier by the Belgian)?
No. He got here to me after the end however I did not perceive what he was saying to me with the noise round. I wasn’t conscious he was complaining. I do not even know the place it ended (4th) or the way it occurred.
How do you envision the subsequent steps?
Everything that occurs seems to be quite demanding. The switch and the remainder day, then the cobblestone stage (Wednesday). But I can not await us to be there and for these levels to be slightly tougher. The major factor is that Primoz (Roglic) and Jonas (Vingegaard) depart Denmark with none worries.
“I like winning races and when it’s been like the last three days I sometimes have mixed feelings”
How do you strategy this relaxation day after solely three days of racing?
It is true that it’s a little unusual for me. In basic, we now have 9 or ten days of racing earlier than the primary day of relaxation. It will be new to me. I’ll have to rev the engine tomorrow (Monday) to discover good legs on Tuesday. But it is going to do me good, slightly relaxation after the journey.
Between the yellow jersey and these three second locations in a row, which feeling dominates, pleasure or disappointment?
Good query… I admit that I force myself to be glad to put on this yellow jersey. I dreamed of it for therefore lengthy. I even have the inexperienced, which was my acknowledged aim all through my preparation. So it is all good, however I like profitable races and when it has been just like the final three days I typically have blended emotions. Besides, I did not essentially count on to win this stage as a result of I’m not a pure specialist in large sprints. But I’ll produce other alternatives. »