Tour de France stage 21 reactions roundup: Chris Froome, Julian Alaphilippe, Dan Martin, Peter Sagan
Jul 29 2018 11:52 pm CET

Tour de France stage 21 reactions roundup: Chris Froome, Julian Alaphilippe, Dan Martin, Peter Sagan
Tour de France stage 21 reactions roundup: Chris Froome, Julian Alaphilippe, Dan Martin, Peter Sagan
Tour de France

The Tour de France has finished at the Champs-Elysees, where Alexander Kristoff took the stage victory and Geraint Thomas climbed to the highest step of the final podium. Here are some more reactions of the riders at the end of the race.

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

"It was clear from the first mountain-top finish that 'G' (Geraint) was the stronger rider in this year's Tour de France and getting behind him was the natural thing for me to do," said the rider to BBC Sport. "I was full of emotion being up there on the podium. It was very different this time. Being a team-mate and friend of Geraint's over the past 10 years and to be a part of his journey to winning the Tour de France has been an amazing experience."

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

"It’s very difficult to describe how I feel today because I have never imagined that I will ride one day on the Champs-Élysées with the polka dot jersey on my shoulders. It’s been three incredible weeks with the team and I have enjoyed many beautiful moments, from my first ever Tour de France stage victory to winning the Col du Tourmalet, which was when I began realizing that I will take this jersey home. I am so happy and grateful to this extraordinary squad for their trust, support and confidence. I will never forget this race."

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

"This is an amazing moment. What a magical place to be, with the Arc du Triumph in the background and the Champs Elysees in front of us. It’s all just starting to sink in now. It’s always special finishing the Tour, but even more so today. I have really enjoyed this year’s race and I’m a bit gutted it’s over. So now I am just looking forward to next year even more."

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

"I'm so happy to wear the Maillot Vert on the Champs-Elysées for the sixth time. It's such a great feeling, especially after the four very difficult days that followed my crash. It was tough but here I am! I'd like to thank all the Bora-hansgrohe riders, staff and sponsors for their help in making this a reality. Thank you!"




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