Criterium du Dauphine stage 2 reactions: Emanuel Buchmann, Jakob Fuglsang, Chris Froome, Adam Yates
Jun 11 2019 04:49 am CET

Criterium du Dauphine stage 2 reactions: Emanuel Buchmann, Jakob Fuglsang, Chris Froome, Adam Yates
Criterium du Dauphine stage 2 reactions: Emanuel Buchmann, Jakob Fuglsang, Chris Froome, Adam Yates
Photo by ASO/Alex BROADWAY

Dylan Teuns was the fastest man at the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on a day that proved to be challenging for the General Classification riders. Emanuel Buchmann, Jakob Fuglsang, Chris Froome and Adam Yates shared their experiences of the day after the finish line.

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

"I felt quite good today, and as the attacks started I went with them because we knew it will be a day for breakaways. In the breakaway we worked well together. But as the break fell apart, I gave it a try and attacked once again, unfortunately it didn't work out. And on the final climb, on the last meters, everything exploded. After being the whole day in the strong breakaway, I missed some power and was in the third group. Therefore, I decided to go with my pace to limit any time losses. Tomorrow is a chance for Sam followed by a time trial day."

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

"Before the start, we didn’t expect that there would be a select group for the overall classification today, but it was a very hard stage and on the final climb a select group took off from the peloton. I was happy to be up there, but I hoped that we could make it across to the two guys in front because I thought Alexey Lutsenko could win the stage today. He helped me in the final sprint, so I was able to gain some bonus seconds for the GC. In the end, I think we can be satisfied with the team performance today. Everyone worked really well, they kept me in the right place at the right time so I was able to go with this group."

Chris Froome (Team Ineos)

"It was definitely a much harder day in reality than on paper. With guys like Buchmann and Tom Dumoulin going into the break it obviously put a lot of pressure on us behind. There was a big workload to deal with today and not much flat – it was always up and down. I think the guys rode fantastically to hold it for that long. Education First came and helped a bit towards the end but the lion’s share was on the Team Ineos guys. It’s fantastic that they were able to control it the way we did. In the end for us to pull that break back was really important. I felt a bit better than I did yesterday now the race is settling into the legs a little bit. It’s still early days. Today was tough but it was more punchy Ardennes-style racing as opposed to mountain racing. There’s still the lion’s share of the race to come."

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

"It was a good day in general, it was another tricky day especially with the rain and technical roads, but the guys looked after me perfectly and set me up for that final steep climb. Haigy (Jack Haig) managed to get into the break which was the perfect situation for us with such a strong group going away. Ultimately the peloton didn’t give them much room with such big names up there but if it stayed away it could have been a nice opportunity for Haigy to try for the win. As always it’s hard to know how well you’re actually going after a big break from racing but so far so good and hopefully I can get better as the race continues."




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