Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), leader of the points classification: “To say that I expected Julian (Alaphilippe) to win would be a little bit too much but he was feeling good. The beginning of the race was super fast and just before the first climb he came to me to say he wanted to go in the break. We waited for a big group to go. And then I made a full sprint with him to bring him to the break. I'm really happy for him after all the problems he had this season. He can do almost everything: climb, downhill, sprint… He's a really good rider.”
Trentin: “Alaphilippe can do almost everything”
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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