Champoussin: “It’s a bit unexpected”

September 4 th 2021 - 18:19 [GMT + 2]

Clément Champoussin (AG2R-Citroën Team): “To be honest, when we got caught at the bottom of the climbing, after being the whole day ahead, it was a bit tough, but the favorites were tired too I think. When they went in the steep part, it was going too fast for me. Afterwards, I was lucky, I ran into Gino Mäder, who brought us back into the group. I hung on, clocked up, and a little over a mile from the finish I was lucky they looked at each other. Since I'm not dangerous, I thought to myself that I had to try to pass a little faster. The last kilometre wasn't too hard and I was able to stay ahead until the end. It’s a bit unexpected because I’ve had some ups and downs over these three weeks. Yesterday I was really not well. Today I would have been happy to finish the stage. I was with Lilian [Calmejane] and Stan [Dewulf] up front. They helped me a lot all day. I couldn’t miss.”

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