Tour de France - Nils Politt: I knew I had to make the race hard and attack quite early
Jul 09 2021 01:48 am CET

Tour de France - Nils Politt: I knew I had to make the race hard and attack quite early
Tour de France - Nils Politt: I knew I had to make the race hard and attack quite early
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Nils Politt has taken a solo victory in the 12th stage of the Tour de France after a late attack.

The German rider has already shown his strengths in races like Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Nice. On the same day that his teammate Peter Sagan announced his withdrawal from the race, the rider was part of the breakaway, and after he decided to attack on the last stretch, he celebrated his first victory in the race in Nimes.

"It's unbelievable, it's a dream to win a stage in the Tour de France," said Politt. "Before the start, it was decided that Peter would leave the race because of his knee problems, so that changed our tactics a bit. Right after the start, we had crosswinds and quite a big break group was formed. I was already feeling better in the last few days, so I gave it my all today, and it's unbelievable it ended with a stage victory in the Tour de France. There were quite a few sprinters and fast guys in our group, so I knew I had to make the race hard and attack quite early.

"I launched the first attack, and we ended up with four riders in the front, the sports director told me it was my last chance before the finish, I had to give it a try and give everything. I did it again, I attacked, and I was seeing my gap growing to 20, then 30 seconds, and coming to the finish solo was unbelievable. Crossing the line, I thought that all the effort, everything I have done, had paid off. Cycling is my passion, and I'm so often away from home, from my family with all the races and training camps, so winning a stage in the Tour de France is the biggest victory you can have."
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