Dauphine: Quotes after the final stage
Jun 12 2017 01:48 am CET

Dauphine: Quotes after the final stage

The Criterium du Dauphine finished with an exciting stage in which Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) got the overall victory by seconds. There was plenty to talk about afterwards. CyclingPub collected the most important quotes.

- "It's amazing! I don't know what to say. Even with the jersey I can't believe it, I've been close to the yellow jersey many times in my career. We tried to keep our positions in the GC and it came down to a big big fight for the overall victory." Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).

- "I think I showed in the end that I'm going well and I'm on track for July. It's bitterly disappointing to lose it by such a small margin but credit to Jakob Fulgsang. I think I was up against it from KM0 as it seems there were a few guys who preferred to see me lose the race and they lose their podium as well. I don't know what you can really learn from a stage like that. I guess that's racing but bring on July." Richie Porte (BMC)

- "All I wanted this week was to race relaxed and not be worried about the result or the time lost in the ITT. I had no pressure and I really enjoyed this race, even today’s stage, which was one of the toughest in my life, but at the same time one of the most fun. Now I will do a recon of some of the Tour de France stages, fine-tune my condition for the race and wait with confidence for July to come." Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors)

- "For us we weren't here to try and protect second place – we wanted to race for the win today. So we put all our cards on the table and I think that's exactly what we did as a team. Even though it didn't pay off in the end I think we've got to be happy with that. I came here looking for a hard week of racing and that's exactly what I got. I only had 19 days of racing before the Dauphine so I'm really light on racing. Hopefully this will move me on now as well in terms of preparations for July." Chris Froome (Sky)

- "I can't have any regret. It's been a nice race and I really tried... I had cramps. I'm totally dehydrated. I haven't had great feelings today. Richie Porte has been very strong all week and Fuglsang very impressive today. But I'm not so far behind. I've got more work to do. I have to stay focused on my training from now on." Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale)

- "A day like today is even more stressful than a sprint because we can mess up everything being out of the time cut. I could have condemned my whole team if I didn't make it. Every time we heard 'attaque de Valverde' through the radio, we knew that we'd had to speed up even more. It was terrible. The last climb was very steep and very hard for someone whose weight is 80kg. But they were all useful efforts. The green jersey and the necessary hard work before the Tour de France were my motivation factors today." Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

- "It was full gas racing from kilometer 0. I tried to go before the climb in the first fifteen kilometers but my group didn't go clear. Then I was just riding full gas to the finish within the time limit, hoping that none of the guys behind me in the King of the Mountains classification was taking a lot of points. I was told that I mathematically kept the lead but my sport director asked me to ride full gas from the bottom of the last climb to the top because I was more than eighteen minutes behind so it was a question of making the time cut. I'm exhausted but I'm also very happy. This has been the greatest week of my cycling career so far." Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo).

- "It was really hard at the end. I just followed the wheels but it was going too fast for me in the end. I gave it all until the finish and it was enough to keep the jersey. Louis Meintjes was the only threat for the white jersey in this group. I couldn't hold his pace towards the end but that was close to the finish. It's a great honor for me to be the best young rider at the Dauphiné against such big rivals. It's something really nice before going to the Tour. Normally at the Tour I won't target the white jersey but I'll be racing for Rafal Majka." Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

- "For now the plan is turning out perfect. More important than the position that I finished in is that I finished fresh. Last year I ended up very tired. Now I will take some rest days and then I will start working intensely. I'm happy, I didn't reach my limits like the rest of the riders, so I will be better." Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)
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