Tour de France stage 4 reactions: Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe, Dylan Groenewegen
Jul 10 2019 03:57 am CET

Tour de France stage 4 reactions: Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe, Dylan Groenewegen
Tour de France stage 4 reactions: Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe, Dylan Groenewegen
Tour de France

The fourth stage of the Tour de France was the second chance for the sprinters to shine and Elia Viviani managed to take his first win in the race. Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe and Dylan Groenewegen talked about the race's day four at the finish line.

Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates)

"Today the team did a super job for me and put me in a perfect position. I didn't have to use too much energy during the race so it was set up for me to win, but Viviani was just a little faster at the end. I was there fighting with him side by side and if I had a bit extra to give I would have made it. So, it was a bit disappointing but I am still proud of a second-place and I will continue to work towards a stage win. Jasper (Philipsen) was the perfect lead-out man for me. Today he showed how talented he is for such a young rider. He rides with passion and on feeling and has proved he is more than good enough to be at the Tour. This gives me confidence for the rest of the race."

Peter Sagan (UAE-Team Emirates)

"As expected, this stage was decided in a very fast sprint finish. Although a lot of strong sprinters were fighting for this win, it was a clean sprint. It was a close finish and I took fourth, which allows me to keep the green jersey but I said before, we will have to fight every day all the way to Paris."

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

"For sure this was a very special day I will never forget. Since when I woke up... When I went to the start line, I felt things I’d never felt before. The public, the cries… It was something special. I’ve felt the difference to a normal day. It’s a different world. On the peloton, everyone was happy about me. I heard my first name every 10 seconds today. It’s hard to explain. I don’t chase popularity: I just want to make people happy. But we also had something to do for Elia (Viviani) and that special day ended the best possible way with his stage win and keeping the yellow jersey. Tomorrow it will be harder. For sure, we will continue to defend the jersey. If I lose it, it’ll mean someone will beat us but I won’t give up."

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)

"In such a final, and certainly in the Tour, you have to be one hundred per cent sharp to be able to participate in the victory. I should have managed my teammates better in the final. Hopefully, I can recover in the upcoming days, so that I can become my old self again."







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