Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal) was the Belgian of the day in the sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland. He was for a time the virtual leader, and was eventually fourth in the daguitslag. And that despite the demand of the competitive BMC to not more to fall.
– Monfort and Vanmarcke grab next to stage win in Switzerland, Porte shakes at the tree, and consolidates the yellow jersey
– Richie Porte put trust: “This shows that we are ready for the Tour”
Monfort began in the sixth stage as the 27th, with 2:31 behind leader Richie Porte of team BMC. His team mates went to Monfort during the ride search after he several times had accelerated to in the long flight to get to. “I had been twice tried. Then came the BMC, and especially Stefan Küng, next to me. Well, you’re not in the attack, they said. Because I was too close in the standings. But I thought that was too easy, ” I answered.”
Afterwards, he was Monfort still in the right escape, with thanks to teammate Tim Wellens, who later exhausted off course and disappeared. “Five minutes after that comment of BMC was ‘Timmy’ to me. “We try it one more time, stay in my wheel,” he said. He brought me to the front and we had to then unload itself. I have Tim to thank. On the two long climbs, it was every man for himself. In the final we went full gas to the final climb. I realized that I likely made on the leader’s jersey and the stage, but also that I calm had to stay and me to focus.”
For the sweater came Monfort ultimately not eligible, and for the win he came up 25 seconds short. “I’m a bit disappointed. Of course, I knew that the last climb up me not so good lag, and that the rider of the Giant (Soren Kragh Andersen of Team Sunweb, ed.) the good had a right not to work. But eventually, he becomes the winner and he is the only rider who is remembered. So I’m a bit disappointed in the match, but not in my form. I experience much pleasure as well as 35-year-old.”