Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), stage winner: “I was at the front when we started. Before the race, we thought that a big group would probably go with the KOM jersey and the Green jersey. Those two guys, (Matteo) Trentin and (Davide) Villella, started attacking. I know I'm not slow in the sprints… So I was in a perfect position. I had to do the sprint of my life, just go full until the finish. I'm really happy that I can finish it off with a finish. I didn't expect it (winning at La Vuelta after victories on the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia) to be this year. I wasn't feeling well in the first week. The second week was okay. I was doing better in the third week but it wasn't really my type of routes… The final climb was too steep for me but we had a good group with Bob Jungels and we pulled very hard to get back. It was perfect for me. I didn't expect it very much but I like surprises.”
De Gendt: “The sprint of my life”
interview08.09.2017Stage 19- Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón
With a route designed for attackers, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) enjoyed stage 19 of La Vuelta 2017 to snatch a third stage win on Grand Tours after the ones he already claimed on the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. Always aggressive, the Belgian baroudeur took part in a 27 man breakaway and eventually dominated his companions in the streets of Gijon. Chris Froome (Team Sky) controlled the move from another never-tiring attacker, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), to make sure he'll...
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “I didn't expect less (from Team Sky and Team Sunweb). It was a difficult finish to make it but we had two teammates ahead and we thought one could give me a hand. There was a lot of headwind. I asked for a 55T chainring thinking of the downhill but even then it was impossible. When I saw how windy it was and that they were chasing, I just stayed in the wheel with (Edward) Theuns. If it rains tomorrow, that's pretty good for me. I'm good for the end of La...
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