Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal), stage winner: “That's fantastic. It's the best place to win a race. This is already my eight year as a pro rider. I had to wait quite a long time to win a race. I came close a couple of times, I did my work for the team… but at this Vuelta I get the chance to put myself in a free role and do my own race. It was the third time I was in the breakaway, I felt better and better during the stage and I just went full gas on the last climb. On the second climb I already started to attack because we had a quite a big gap over the peloton but the cooperation wasn't superb. It was way too early. Then, (Alexis) Gougeard went on the second-last climb and I jumped on his wheel. We had a small gap over some other guys, who came back on the downhill. I knew on the false flat that, if we went full gas, who was kept behind would never come back. I attacked a couple of times. (Julian) Alaphilippe was in the wheel and he said he didn't have good legs and he couldn't pull anymore, but you never now because he's a really good finisher. I knew I had to drop him and then I knew I had my chance, because in this type of finish, I can do quite well. I just did my own pace in the last kilometres.”
Armée: "I had to wait quite a long time"
interview07.09.2017Stage 18- Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana
Stage 18 of La Vuelta 2017 favoured the attackers and Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal) made the most of it. The Belgian dominated his breakaway companions to claim his first professional victory at Santo Toribio de Liebana, at 31yo. He got rid of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the last climb to the finish, where Chris Froome (Team Sky) gained 21” on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). The British leader of La Vuelta was able to match the many attacks from his rivals, mostly from Alberto Contador...
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “The legs were quite good. I didn't think about attacking but the truth is some other riders went on the move and I got excited. I went for Fabio (Aru) but when he kept going, I thought we were not going anaywhere just the two of us. What would be nice would be to win after a longe range attack, but we're not going to be too greedy. The things that are duo to come will come. In the end (Chris) Froome had good change of rhythm. On Saturday (the Angliru)...
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