Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), winner of stage 8: “It's incredible. I didn't expect to win the stage today. For me, it's a little bit complicated. I wasn't feeling so good in the past two or three stages. But I think it was the same for everyone. The team has been doing great since the start of La Vuelta. We're always on the front. I was thinking tomorrow might be a good final for me but today a big group went away after 40km. Matteo Trentin helped me to get at the front. I'm speechless. It's unbelievable. We already have three stage wins. And it's not finished.”
Alaphilippe: “I'm speechless, it's unbelievable”
interview26.08.2017Stage 8- Hellín / Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior
After spending most of the season on the sideline, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) bounced back with a prestigious stage victory on stage 8 of La Vuelta 2017. The French promise made the most of a demanding finish on the way to Xorret de Cati, dominating his breakaway companions Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) et Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) to claim his first Grand Tour victory and bring his team a third win already at La Vuelta 2017. Chris Froome (Team Sky) tightened his grip on the...
Nicolas Roche (BMC), 3rd overall: “The pace in the climb was brutal. Orica accelerated from the bottom with the Yates and Alberto (Contador) went at it again. I took my own pace and then tried and follow the best. It was a really really tough climb so it was all about limiting the losses. Today I thought I'd be a little bit better. I suffered already a bit yesterday. I fought well. Tomorrow is another big day. I know that climb, I've done it a few times. Tejay (Van Garderen) is obviously...
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