Tour de France stage 17 reactions roundup: Tom Dumoulin, Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, Dan Martin
Jul 25 2018 11:39 pm CET

Tour de France stage 17 reactions roundup: Tom Dumoulin, Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, Dan Martin
Tour de France stage 17 reactions roundup: Tom Dumoulin, Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, Dan Martin
Tour de France

The 17th stage of the Tour de France has had the novelty of the start grid, which was followed by a day full of attacks and excitement. Here are some reactions of riders that played an important role on the day.

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)

"Taking time back was a good thing of course but that’s all that I had. Thomas was stronger than I was and I have to deal with that. I saw Froome was in difficulty but I didn’t know if it was a bluff so I waited a bit with my attack. I went and I tried but I didn’t have the legs to drop Thomas and Roglic. I’m focused on myself and I will always keep a bit of faith and hope. But so far Thomas has proven the strongest."

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

"It was a very intense day but I've got no regrets. G (Thomas) has ridden such an amazing race and he deserves to be in yellow and, fingers crossed, he holds it now until Paris. That’s professional cycling. That’s what a team is all about. I’m happy just to be in this position. I’ve won the last three Grand Tours I’ve done now, so it’s certainly been tough build-up for me but I’m still going to try and fight for the podium and try to keep G up there in yellow."

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

"It was a terrible day where my legs just did not respond. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes that’s how it is. This is sport, and you have to accept it. It did my maximum, but I was just the victim of terrible legs at the end. I actually had good legs through most of the stage, but on the last climb, I just could only climb at my pace. And that was really not good. I couldn’t accelerate anymore."

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

"I had good legs and felt I could do a good last climb. I took advantage of the pace and they let me go and Nairo (Quintana) came with me, and then he attacked me and went so hard but I wanted to settle into my own tempo, it almost turned into a time trial to the top. I was trying to keep him at 10 or 15 seconds because at 500mt I could usually close that gap, but at this altitude it was tough. He was the better guy on the day, but I was really proud of how the team and I rode today."




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