Tour de France stage 9 reactions: Edvald Boasson Hagen, Lukas Pöstlberger, Julian Alaphilippe, Giulio Ciccone
Jul 15 2019 05:15 am CET

Tour de France stage 9 reactions: Edvald Boasson Hagen, Lukas Pöstlberger, Julian Alaphilippe, Giulio Ciccone
Tour de France stage 9 reactions: Edvald Boasson Hagen, Lukas Pöstlberger, Julian Alaphilippe, Giulio Ciccone
Tour de France

Two riders of the breakaway of the day fought for the final victory at the ninth stage of the Tour de France and Daryl Impey was the strongest of them. Two of the escapees of the day: Edvald Boasson Hagen and Lukas Pöstlberger, the wearer of the Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe and the leader of the Youth classification Giulio Ciccone shared their thoughts at the end of the stage.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

"The goal was to try and be in the break and see how it goes from there. It was a really hard stage yesterday and so that made things a bit too tough for me today. I gave it a try, just without success. The legs weren't great today but I hope to get another chance on a better day."

Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)

"I had a gap in the front after the downhill and after a bit of hesitation, because I knew there was still a long way to go, I decided to take my chances and attack. I gave all I had in the first kilometres, then as we were approaching the climb, they were coming closer. I tried to save some energy for the climb but after they caught me, it was impossible for me to follow the attacks. Nevertheless, this is part of the race. If you don't try, you can't win."

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

"The support of the public has been amazing today again. I hear my name from getting out of the bus in the morning to going back to the hotel in the evening. I wanted to thank everyone on the roadside. I’ll remember all the people cheering for me, it was incredible. It was nice to be in yellow especially today but every day in yellow is special, that’s why I fight to keep it. I thank my team for the work and the tempo. It wasn’t exactly a défilé but a nice stage on a difficult terrain. Dries (Devenyns) positioned me before the last climb. I’m very happy for Impey, he’s a great guy. Tomorrow it’s an opportunity for Elia (Viviani) and the rest day is an opportunity for everybody to enjoy the Tour differently."

Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)

"It’s a pretty quiet day for us. It was all good because we had Jasper Stuyven at the front. It’s been a bit of a mess in the last climb but Richie (Porte) showed he has a great condition, so it keeps our confidence high. [I’ve lost the yellow but] the white jersey is also a dream for all young riders and I’m wearing it now. I’m super happy with what I’ve done so far. I’ll fight as long as I can for my position, then I’ll put myself at the service of the team."




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