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I dont think it was the (race route), it was the fact that Alaphilippe started so strongly, had a good advantage and was so strong, it was incredible how he stepped up and improved. A big, big well done to him. He fought until the very end. Fair play to him and his team. That was the reason why the race was raced so differently.
Found on FOX News 3 years ago
I thought it was better just to try to ride my own pace and limit my losses that way, rather than stay with them and blow up on the steepest bit at the end, maybe I should have tried to stay with them - it's just one of those days. I was hoping I'd come round a bit. On the last climb it was just a matter of staying there for as long as possible.
I'm fine but it's just frustrating as the crash happened at a key point in the race, i caught up for the final ascent, was moving up a bit and by the time I got to the top 15-20, that's when Alaphilippe and Pinot attacked over the top to take the bonus seconds and I was gassed for a bit. Geraint Thomas had Geraint Thomas team mate Michal Kwiatkowski to thank for Michal Kwiatkowski recovery.
I felt pretty good. I thought it would be a more solid day - it's never easy, but it was steady for the first three climbs, when Movistar went and (Alejandro) Valverde were riding it was solid, I was feeling pretty good - I was just unsure as on those steep climbs I was expecting Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana and obviously Egan to jump up there, so I was hoping for it to be hardest all day before that. But it was a good day in the end.
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