Greg Van Avermaet really loved and enjoyed his first day in the yellow jersey. The Olympic champion received a special yellow bike and a yellow helmet as a gift. “I’m confident that I have the leader’s jersey after today will bear”, he spoke before the start, “though you know in the Tour, of course, never.”
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Van Avermaet has a small bonus of three seconds to Geraint Thomas, and five to count on Philippe Gilbert as the main perpetrators. “I suspect that today I all in all, a quiet day to meet go,” he said in La Baule, “normally, this is on paper a stage for the sprinters, and there are a few who still have not won a prize, so that teams have an interest in it to a sprint. It is important to make no mistakes and that sweater to retain. So I hope it goes today and tonight I just that sweater again to wear.”
ASO introduced a bonus system in the first week in three, two or one seconds to win in the hunt for the yellow. “Today should I not worry too much about that,” said the olympic champion. “The sprint is 38,5 kilometers from the finish. I suspect that the escapees have yet to be taken back and the bonusseconden by them to be seized. The days after there will be more conflict to the yellow and there will be more stress, but I feel ready to race. Wednesday and Thursday follow the stages that made me have to lie.”
“I hope here today, as much as possible to enjoy this jersey and tonight, in a beautiful match of the Red Devils. Yes, I can do it very well with Thibaut Courtois, but no I did not message him again.”, he chuckled. “If they tonight, that semi final win, I will give him a message to send to congratulate him. I understand that, however, we are all elite athletes, focused and engaged with our profession. Some guys come to me via Instagram or congratulations, so that is pretty cool and I hope on the top result tonight.”