After an exciting closing weekend, the peloton slowed down a bit in stage three. Despite the many vertical meters, the stage ended in a mass sprint, convincingly won by Caleb Ewan. In the Leader’s jersey summarizes the main comments.
We have a loose response from:
– Caleb Ewan
– Cees Bol
– Wout van Aert
– Tom Dumoulin
Bennett disappointed: ‘I did more lead-out’
From I Sam Bennett seemed on his way to his first Tour stage, but was narrowly overtaken by his rival Caleb Ewan. ‘Everyone tries to get into my wheel, so I did a kind of lead-out again today. With the head wind, it was easy to get out of my wheel. It’s just a matter of luck, I have to stay focused, ‘said the runner-up opposite ITV Cycling.
Nizzolo is satisfied with the podium
Considering the blood form of the brand new European champion, Giacomo Nizzolo, he was written up for several sprints. However, he had to make do with a third place, which he is not dissatisfied with, he leaves on the plow site know. ‘It could have been better, but also worse. I had to start early, which made it a bit long, but as a team we are looking forward to the next sprint. ‘
Hofstetter takes 4th place: ‘I am proud’
Hugo Hofstetter surprisingly took fourth place among all the great men. The sprinter of Israel Start-Up Nation turned out to be a winner among the losers afterwards. “ I am proud that everyone has been able to see our team on television, it is a good performance, ” said the Frenchman on the channels of his squad.
Sagan started too early: ‘But I have green, so I’m happy’
Day three and Peter Sagan is already driving around in his coveted green jersey. The fifth place of the youngest stage seems to satisfy him. ‘I started a bit too early, with the wind on the head. That is part of sprinting, I am glad that I have the green jersey on my shoulders, ‘said the man from Slovakia in his flashinterview.
Theuns is disappointed: ‘I could have won the stage’
Despite Mads Pedersen’s second place in stage two, Trek-Segafredo pulled the card Edward Theuns. The Belgian finished in sixth place, but is still disappointed. ‘I had to come a long way, much more could have been done. I could have won the stage. ‘ Theuns adds Sporza indicates that the lead-out was unsuccessful. ‘I couldn’t really use Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven, that’s a shame. It was hectic, a little kamikaze in the end. But we knew that. ‘
Number eight Trentin: ‘Nobody wanted to race’
Matteo Trentin took eighth place for CCC. ‘The last kilometers were very hectic. For the rest it was easy, quiet paddling today. Nobody really wanted to race after such an opening weekend. ‘ The Italian made a mistake in the sprint, making eighth place the maximum. “I fell behind, and then they came over me from behind.”
Kristoff shifts goals: ‘Now everything revolves around Pogacar’
The yellow jersey after stage one, Alexander Kristoff, came out completely in the second sprinters stage. The Norwegian did not have good legs and was fifteenth. “I didn’t even start my sprint.” What is striking is that Kristoff declares that from now on his services will be available to leader Tadej Pogacar. ‘My goals come later in the season, the classics. The focus is now fully on the team and Tadej. ‘
Alaphilippe keeps jersey: ‘Pure happiness’
Julian Alaphilippe was able to keep his yellow jersey relatively easily on Monday. The Frenchman was never under pressure, something that could change on Tuesday. ‘But I’m going to do everything I can to keep the jersey for as long as possible. Today we have done everything we can with the whole team, it is a pity that Sam Bennett could not win the stage. Tomorrow it will be difficult with a difficult arrival, I will give everything. ‘
Kwiatkowski doesn’t expect much from stage four
INEOS Grenadiers’ foreman, Michal Kwiatkowski, has completed the site of his team is already looking ahead to Tuesday’s ride. ‘It’s not that difficult, if you look at the entire three weeks.’ At the same time, the Pole is watching for slackening. ‘I don’t expect big differences, but you never know. We have to watch out for our rivals, but also take the opportunity when it presents itself. ‘ (photo: Sirotti)