Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I certainly didn't need to attack, being in red already, but I'm gonna take advantage of it when my legs are feeling good. The most important thing for me was to keep pushing, try to open up the gaps. We'll see where we're at after the first rest day. I keep saying it everyday but, really, a massive thank you to my teammates, in particular today to Ian Stannard, Christian Knees and David Lopez. They worked pretty much the whole stage again to control the breakaway and keep me in red. If I'd been on any other team I think I would have lost the red jersey today because the guys would need a break. But the guys have been so strong.”
Froome: “I didn't need to attack”
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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