Nicolas Roche (BMC) : “It was pretty tough, exactly like I expected. I know every time the race comes to Andorra there's no easy finish. Today was no different. But the race is usually made with the riders and the climbs could be as hard as they are, it's actually the racing that makes it tough. I think today the tempo in the last 50km was pretty high and there was a lot going on. The team did a very good job from the start. Coming in to the finish, we had a few seconds of delay over Froome at the top. Tejay (Van Garderen) came back to me on the descent and we rode back. I tried to anticipate the sprint but that was going nowhere. After winning the TTT, I was hoping today was a day I could have taken the red jersey. It was normal to dream about it. Yesterday, losing those precious seconds was a big pain if you think about it today.”
Roche : “I was dreaming of taking the red jersey”
interview21.08.2017Stage 3- Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) dominated the final stretch of stage 3 of La Vuelta 2017 while Chris Froome (Team Sky) displayed his strength and took the red jersey. The first mountainous challenges of this edition offered intense racing and turned the general classification upside down. Nibali was able to get back to Froome after a strong move from the British rider to claim his first stage victory at La Vuelta. But Froome is the new overall leader, a position he only occupied for one day...
David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors): “It's a shame, being leader was the goal. I absolutely wanted to take the red jersey because we're headed to Catalunya tomorrow and it would have been amazing. I knew the terrain, but I couldn't do it. Yesterday, when I saw I'd lost a few seconds on the finish line, I knew it would affect the situation today. The important thing is that I gave it all. I've tried and Quick-Step has been great again. You can also look at things and say the worst place...
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