Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar): “It's a pity but we can just congratulate (Matej) Mohoric. He proved himself to be very strong when he attacked before the climb. He was the strongest on the way up and I followed him. When he went solo, we couldn't catch him even though we collaborated. We hesitated for 10 seconds and that's how he went out of reach. It's a pity because I could see myself as the winner. The team deserves it after the bad streak we've had since (Alejandro) Valverde crashed at the Tour, but we'll keep fighting. I feel good. We'll try again, La Vuelta doesn't end here. We deserve it more than anyone.”
Rojas: “I could see myself as the winner”
interview25.08.2017Stage 7- Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad
Matej Mohoric, a former Junior and U23 World champion, snatched his first Grand Tour victory at the end of stage 7 of La Vuelta 2017, on Friday. The Slovenian rider attacked from the gun and then dominated his breakaway companions for a brilliant solo win at Cuenca. He's the first rider from his country to win at La Vuelta since Borut Bozic in 2009. The crosswinds and a tricky final didn't prevent Chris Froome (Team Sky) from retaining the red jersey one more day.
Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), most aggressive rider: “(Matej) Mohoric was the strongest and, above all, the smartest. When you have such a big breakaway, the one who goes first always goes a second time. And then he showed he was the strongest, because he's done a spectacular descent. With (Anthony) Perez, we've worked well together. I didn't know if I should wait for him after his puncture or chase… And then, honestly, the last part of the climb was just too hard for me.”
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