Tour de France stage 14 reactions roundup: Tom Dumoulin, Julian Alaphilippe, Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic
Jul 22 2018 06:07 am CET

Tour de France stage 14 reactions roundup: Tom Dumoulin, Julian Alaphilippe, Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic
Tour de France stage 14 reactions roundup: Tom Dumoulin, Julian Alaphilippe, Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic
Tour de France

The 14th stage of the Tour de France was won by Omar Fraile on a day that GC contenders showed their weapons once again. Here's an overview of reaction at the finish line in Mende.

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)

"We tried to attack each other a bit but we were all equally strong. We were pretty evenly matched, just like when we were in the Alps. We’ll see where that goes in the next week. First, we look to the Pyrenees, then to the time trial.

"I attacked first then Thomas was on my wheel, then Froome closed the gap and attacked. Then Thomas closed the gap to Froome. I stayed on the wheel, they also don’t want other guys to get ahead."

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

"We were motivated to do something nice today and I was happy to find myself in the breakaway with Philippe and Yves. Unfortunately, I didn't have the best legs in the final and I also didn't know the climb, which is I made my move perhaps a bit too late, but I don't have regrets, as Omar was the strongest. However, I can look on the bright side of things, which is that I managed to add more points to my tally in the KOM standings, something encouraging ahead of next week."

Geraint Thomas (Sky)

"We’re satisfied. Obviously, Roglic got a bit of time back but it wasn’t too much of a stress for us. It's nice to gain a bit of time on everyone else. The main thing was just staying with Dumoulin and just trying not to get too carried away and staying with the main guys. It was a good day. A lot can still happen. There's three big days in the Pyrenees still to come but obviously, we're in a good position right now."

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

"Every second count. It’s always better to win eight seconds than to lose eight seconds. I want to end as high as possible. That’s why I have to fight for every second. I saw that nobody was attacking. I thought: maybe the other riders are too tired to attack. But it doesn’t make a big difference if you’re riding in front or in the group. It’s a tough effort for everyone."




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