Tour de France stage 8 reactions: Giulio Ciccone, Thibaut Pinot, Michael Matthews, Peter Sagan
Jul 14 2019 04:14 am CET

Tour de France stage 8 reactions: Giulio Ciccone, Thibaut Pinot, Michael Matthews, Peter Sagan
Tour de France stage 8 reactions: Giulio Ciccone, Thibaut Pinot, Michael Matthews, Peter Sagan
Tour de France

The eighth stage of the Tour de France was packed with action with outstanding performances by Thomas De Gendt, Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe. Giulio Ciccone, Pinot, Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan commented on the day's actions at the end of the day.

Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)

"It was a very hard stage. We did the maximum. I want to thank my teammates. It was a stage for Alaphilippe. It’s fair enough that he got the yellow jersey back. He did it with great determination. I was at the limit when he attacked. I hung on all day. I’m happy with my condition. To ride a stage like this at the front means I’m going well. I’m satisfied with the way I handled the situation. It’s been something exceptional to have the opportunity to wear the yellow jersey for two days. We’ll see in the coming days, who knows if there’s a way to create another surprise."

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

"I had been preparing since last night for Alaphilippe's attack. I was lucky that I had good legs to follow him. These stages are hard, everybody is riding at the limit. I am in great shape, there are still two weeks to go, so I advance little by little."

Michael Matthews (Sunweb)

"It was strong breakaway that managed to escape early into the stage today. We decided to ride to give me a shot at the stage and I think we did a really good job. The GC teams took over midway through the day and tried to help and bring the break back. I had three teammates with me and after the last categorised climb we started pulling straight away to bring back the three guys ahead but unfortunately, we fell just short. Full respect to the team again for giving it a shot and I’m happy with the legs today."

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

"It was a really hard stage, I suffered a lot to stay with the first group in the final climbs but I gritted my teeth, I gave it my all and managed to finish fifth, in the reduced group behind the leaders. This means I keep my lead in the green jersey but Paris is still far away. We have to take it day by day."




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