Tour de France stage 12 reactions: Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan, Matteo Trentin, Egan Bernal
Jul 19 2019 05:04 am CET

Tour de France stage 12 reactions: Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan, Matteo Trentin, Egan Bernal
Tour de France stage 12 reactions: Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan, Matteo Trentin, Egan Bernal
Tour de France

There weren't any changes in the General CLassification after the first day in the Pyrenees at the 12th stage of the Tour de France. Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan, Matteo Trentin -winner of the combativity award of the day, and Egan Bernal talked about the day and the upcoming ITT at the end of the stage.

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)

"We were expecting something to happen on the final climb - and with the gap being quite small to the break. We were bracing ourselves for something but it never materialised. I think maybe everyone is mindful of what’s coming up over the next three days - three big days for the GC, so maybe everyone is waiting for that. I’ll go all out tomorrow - and see where that puts me. It would be great to win the stage but (Wout) Van Aert is my favourite."

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

"It wasn’t really fun today. I wanted to be in the break so I could get points on the intermediate sprint. It was really hard to make it into the break, as it took 50 kilometres for it to be made. Come the intermediate sprint, I’m happy Daniel Oss was with me because he helped me bring back Roger Kluge, who tried to anticipate us, and that enabled me to get maximum points. From then on I took it easy, as I knew today was not my stage and there were many better climbers than me on the front group."

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

"It was a very good day out there. We did great tactics as Simon Yates was at the head of the race and I was on the second group and could have countered if necessary. In order to have a chance of making it to the summit with the head of the race, I needed to anticipate the move of the big climbers. That’s why attacked. I didn’t get that much of a gap, only 30 seconds. I am very happy about my climbing today, as only three riders overtook me. Riding the GC doesn’t mean you can go for stages. We targeted a few of them and for now, we got two victories. It’s going really well. There are still a couple of chances of getting another stage win. But, on the rest, it will be all about Adam."

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)

"It was very predictable that the stage would happen like this. No GC rider and no GC team wanted anything more because they knew tomorrow is an important time trial in which we’ll have to give everything. Once the ITT will be done, the Tour will be different with many attacks. On Saturday, there’ll be a very hard stage with a mythical climb. Some riders will try to make it up for the time lost. For the time being, I don’t think we need to do anything but race smartly."




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