Tour de France - Jakob Fuglsang: I’m ready to fight all the way until Paris
Jul 08 2019 12:10 am CET

Tour de France - Jakob Fuglsang: I’m ready to fight all the way until Paris
Tour de France - Jakob Fuglsang: I’m ready to fight all the way until Paris
Photo of Jakob Fuglsang by Astana Pro Team

Astana finished the team time trial of the Tour de France 41 seconds behind the day's winner Jumbo-Visma. This result was within the limits of the loses that the team wanted to have on a stage like this.

Despite the shock of the first stage of the race, in which Astana's leader Jakob Fuglsang ended up with hits, abrasions, stitches and contusions after a crash in the last 20 kilometres, the team performed well at the fight against the clock. The Kazakh team lost 41 seconds to Jumbo-Visma and 20 to Ineos.

"I’m quite happy with today," said Fuglsang at the end of the stage. "The team did a good job and I think we performed well in today’s TTT. Before the Tour, I already said that losing 30 seconds on Team Ineos at the time trial would be OK, and now we just lost 21 seconds on them while the preparation for today was not perfect due to my crash yesterday.

"I was afraid that I could only sit in the final wheel today, but I was able to do my turns. We worked hard yesterday to recover as good as possible, with massages and the Indiba products, so I was able to pedal without too much pain. I still have big plans for this Tour, I’m ready to fight all the way until Paris."




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