Tour de France stage 18 reactions roundup: Nairo Quintana, Tom Dumoulin, Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff
Jul 26 2018 10:53 pm CET

Tour de France stage 18 reactions roundup: Nairo Quintana, Tom Dumoulin, Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff
Tour de France stage 18 reactions roundup: Nairo Quintana, Tom Dumoulin, Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff
Tour de France

The 18th stage of the Tour de France has been won by Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare on a day that included some minor crashes, heat and preparations for the next key stages. Here are some reactions from the finish line.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

"It’s awful to have suffered this crash, one way or another, I always seem to be a bit fucked up. I’ve got some blows over my ankle, my shoulder and also a thumb I had already hurt on Wednesday. The race doctors put some bandages on my bruises, but before I don’t get them cleaned, I have a shower and visit our team doctors, I won’t be able to ensure it’s all minor. I just hope to recover well, do some good work to heal this thumb with the team physios and try and do the best possible race tomorrow."

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)

"I think the chance of winning the Tour is very small but if I see an opportunity I will take it for sure. We will try to test Thomas and see if it’s possible. For the time trial, we will see what the standings are after tomorrow and I will go full gas and not be busy with time differences."

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

"It was a very difficult day for me and I suffered a lot not just because of the injuries I have from my crash but also from the heat. Once again, my teammates did an excellent work, they protected me during the stage and helped me position myself for the final sprint. I really wanted to try and go for the win but my legs were still hurting. I need to rest and recover more because tomorrow we have another very hard day in the mountains."

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

"I didn’t really have the legs in the final kilometre. The team did a lot of work, but unfortunately, I did not have the fastest legs and that’s it. I hope in Paris I can win."




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