44| Jack HAIG
Haig: "You always dream to be on the podium of a Grand Tour, but you never know if you can"
Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious): “It’s incredible to be on this podium. I was speaking with my wife just before and I said: ‘You always dream to be on the podium of a Grand Tour, but you never know if you can’. To be up there on the stage with Primoz [Roglic], I think it’s gonna take a while to sink in. Having a really bad crash at the Tour meant coming here with no expectation, so to be third on the podium, I’m just amazed, I have no words. I just want to thank everyone who helped me get here. It doesn’t happen over night, it takes...
171| Enric MAS NICOLAU
Mas: "Luckily I didn't have to fight for La Vuelta"
Enric Mas (Movistar Team): “I talked a bit with my coach about improving those finals. Yesterday was the first day that I felt really good after my crash a few days ago. It was a very hard time trial due to those blows. Luckily I didn't have to fight for La Vuelta with Roglic. [About Miguel Angel Lopez] Those are internal things of the team that have nothing to do with me. I think a statements about what happened has already been made and I have nothing to say. Now, I mainly want to have a good dinner with the team, enjoy and celebrate it well and from tomorrow I want...
45| Gino MÄDER
Mäder: "It was a plan perfectly executed"
Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious): “It was a plan perfectly executed all the way to the line, getting Jack [Haig] on the podium and I get a nice surprise as well [with the white jersey]. It was really hard. We had Mark Padun in the break, he was really strong, maybe he could have won the stage if we didn’t ask him to wait. He did an incredible job to really help me and Jack. I think we came to this Vuelta with a podium spot in our mind and we get it in the end. A month ago, in Burgos, I wasn’t even sure I was gonna ride this Vuelta. Coming from the Olympic...
197| Michael STORER
Storer: "There were stronger riders today"
Michael Storer (Team DSM): “We got three of us in the breakaway, picked up the points along the stage, and then we were hoping to fight for the stage but we couldn’t have it. The team has been riding really well. We can be happy with how we rode. There were stronger riders today. La Vuelta has been a very hard race.”
13| Clément CHAMPOUSSIN
Champoussin: “It’s a bit unexpected”
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...
131| Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ
Bernal: “ I'm in a survival mode”
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers): “It was a very tough stage. I felt like it was going up all day. The last part was faster, but there was a lot of wear. Everyone in the peloton was in a hurry, we were going very fast. Tomorrow is about surviving. Yesterday we paid a bit for the day we attacked 60 km from the finish line with Roglic, I think it showed, and even more today. It was not an easy day even though it was a stage for the sprint. It was almost 100 km going up. If I had legs I would attack, but I think I'm in a survival mode. I haven't even thought about my podium...
1| Primož ROGLIČ
Roglic: “It’s crazy to have 50 Grand Tour leader’s jerseys”
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s beautiful to have my family here. They are my life and I’m very happy. It was a hard day from the start to the finish. A super strong break went away. For us, it was fine, and we could take it easy. But La Vuelta is coming to an end so there aren’t much opportunities left. The sprinters’ teams pulled with a super hard tempo. It’s crazy [that this is my 50th Grand Tour leader’s jersey]. Hopefully I can keep it. I’m never good with statistics, so I’m always positively surprised.”...
107| Magnus Cort NIELSEN
Cort Nielsen: “I hope I don’t wake up from this dream”
Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo): “It’s really amazing. It’s a dream and I really hope I don’t wake up. I started believing only with 5 or 6km to go. They always kept us close. It was a really hard day. We didn’t always worked well together at the front and we had attacks that reduced the size of the group and then in the end everyone had tired legs and it was really hard to work well together on a hilly terrain. Somehow, we managed to hang on to it and I have to thank my teammate Lawson Craddock. He did a very amazing job and I literally...
197| Michael STORER
Storer: “Unfortunately I was by myself”
Michael Storer (Team DSM): “We rode in an aggressive style as usual and I’m happy I got in the move in the first place with a lot of guys. Unfortunately the peloton didn’t give us a lot of time. We only had four minutes on the third last climb. Then we knew we really needed to push the pace. I wished some more people to come with me so I would have some company through that valley road but no one reacted when I pushed the pace. Unfortunately I was by myself. Then I was also happy I could get over the second last climb as well. I was still in front but I...
174| Miguel Angel LOPEZ MORENO
Lopez: “I wanted to win again in La Vuelta for a long time”
Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar Team): “I wanted to win again in La Vuelta for a long time and I have achieved it thanks to the magnificent work of my teammates, despite the fact that there are only five of us after the loss of Carlos [Verona], Alejandro [Valverde] and [Johan] Jacobs. Thanks to Imanol [Erviti], Nelson [Oliveira], Rojilla [Jose Joaquin Rojas] and Enric [Mas], who have done a great job. We knew it was nice to prevail at a stage like today. It had been four years since I won at La Vuelta and it’s even better in the queen stage, I do it with love and...
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