🗣Julian Alaphillip🇫🇷: “We knew that this would be a difficult stage. I want to thank the team, because they superbly controlled the race and defended me. I expected to lose some time today. My goal was to stay in the leader’s shirt. I am happy that I did it, although I understand that the third week will be very difficult. I have never been a favorite, and the hardest is still to come.
I'm not disappointed, just completely exhausted. I am not surprised that I could not answer the best miners, especially after yesterday's stage, where I climbed deep into my reserves. It is impossible to say that one thing specifically became a problem for me. The thing is more accumulated in two weeks of fatigue. I ran out of steam, gave all my strength, and began to pay for it.
When Pinot attacked, I felt good, and only then it got worse. I am not used to defending leadership in a multi-day race, now I am learning from my mistakes. Although I do not think that today I was mistaken somewhere. That time lost is not a surprise. After yesterday's stage, my legs were stiff. but I'm still in a T-shirt, the dream continues.
I want to enjoy every moment of this beautiful Tour. Ahead is a day of rest, which I look forward to. We will train with teammates, and I will see my family.
I am not surprised that I have suddenly found the potential of a winner, but I remain a realist with respect to gradients. I have no ambitions to win the Tour, today's stage has not changed anything for me. On the other hand, for Tibo Pino, a lot has changed. and if I lose the yellow jersey, I would like Tibo Pino to wear it next. ”
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