Simon Spilak: I had to take the jersey for my team
Jun 17 2017 03:00 am CET

Simon Spilak: I had to take the jersey for my team
Simon Spilak: I had to take the jersey for my team
Photo of Simon Spilak © Tim De Waele

Slovenian cyclist Simon Spilak of Katusha-Alpecin praised his teammates, Rein Taaramäe in particular, after the team's perfect day in the Tour de Suisse.

"Immediately from the start this morning I felt that I had good legs," Spilak explained. "Yesterday it was 30 degrees, but today it was 20 and this is better for me. We had a plan for today and the team was so good. Not to perform well was not an option.

"(Baptiste) Planckaert and (Jhonatan) Restrepo went with the early break while the others stayed with me to keep me out of the wind. Taaramäe was getting our drinks and then at the end he was still with me on the final climb and did a great job."

Taaramäe was responsible for most of the carnage in this stage. The Estonian set a high pace at the front of the pack on the final climb and his efforts were too much for many of the race favorites to keep up with. After reducing the group of favorites to just six riders, another split occurred and Taaramäe only had Spilak and Cannondale-Drapac's Joseph Dombrowski in his wheel.

"With 7-8k to go, I dropped Rein and Joe Dombrowski. Maybe that was too far from the finish, but what else could I do? I had to take the jersey for my team," Spilak continued.

"Now it is 52 seconds to Caruso and more than one minute to Kruijswijk. Tomorrow is a sprinters' stage so we should be able to control that and then a long TT on the last day. And yes, I am not so bad in the TT."




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