Yves Lampaert pulled together with Oliver Naesen, Edward Theuns, Julien Vermote, Thomas De Gendt and several other riders in the attack in the long seventh round trip reserved, but without success. Eventually there was a sprint to the victory.
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“It was a group that really far could get,” said Yves Lampaert of Quick-Step Floors after about the aanvalspoging. “With a lot of strong riders, so we also have no space of the peloton. It was a long stage, then you could better try something. First started it is still a bit if a joke. Naesen cried: ‘Come on, we’re going to create chaos, and suddenly we were away. Then you look around and you will see that you are a nice group of people together, and so we went suddenly full of by. But yes, the peloton saw us would rather not drive.”
May Lampaert be a breakaway go with Fernando Gaviria as a sprinter in the ranks? “Of course I can that,” he said. “Our team is not working and on the head of the drive. So that in itself was a good thing. At LottoNL-Jumbo, it was all hands on deck, they have almost broken driven to our back pack. Well now, they get the victory is still within. Look, it was a long day, hey, you better make the best of it. And for all clarity: this was not an easy ride. It looked maybe like this on television, but I think we have 2500 meters of altitude and there was always a bit of wind alongside. Not much, but enough to get a little nervous and difficult to be.”
“Eventually, everyone is still relatively fresh. Then you know that it is a chaos. At two kilometers, it was important that we at the front were and that we have done pretty well. Final I was pretty well placed. But Julian Alaphilippe, who was supernerveus, he was there to call and do. I don’t know for what that was good, and I could not not really my work to do as I wish. But well, Fernando is still in an excellent position. And second, too bad that we didn’t win, but we have fought.”
Theuns: “I really thought the joke was”
Edward Theuns was in the flight. “I really thought the joke was,” he said. “We were a bit too gossip, there was laughter. But suddenly they started getting hard to drive and I went but. Well, in such a long ride, no one actually had meaning to drive away. The past days were intense and there was nothing to pick up in this ride. With some stages you have not actually served in the Tour.”
There is no utility to drive away and publicity to grab? “Well, not really, for me anyway. I do my work for the team. And for the other teams? What is here to pick it up in a flat stage? The Tour is still long, then you better get your forces off.”
Groenewegen explains accusers to silence
Dylan Groenewegen was to be the seventh stage to wait before he could shout. With his zegegebaar laced, he also critics the mouth. “People judge quickly,” he said afterwards. “But look, I proof my equal. I win here against all the fast guys.”
Last year he had to wait until the Champs-Elysées before he could shout in the sprint, but it was Mark Cavendish, Arnaud Démare and Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan all go home. “He is not good enough for the top,” sounded in recent days after a pair of lost sprints. This victory gave the Dutchman the critics lick on the piece.
“I was very much trained prior to this Tour, but I had no good legs in the first few days. That was pretty frustrating,” he said after the finish. “But every day got better and that I gave also to the team: “give me some time, I come.” And look, today I felt very good. That was already in the fourth stage the event, but it was our timing is still wrong in the sprint. Today everything went perfect and with Alexander Kristoff I had the perfect lead-out. I stayed in his wheel and I thought: ‘yes, this is the moment’. And I went with 200 meters and that was good enough.”
“My zegegebaar was looking for the one someone referred to”, he continued. “Certainly not for the team, because they continued to believe me and gave me confidence. It was a sign to anyone who thought I was nothing. People judge quickly, and today I proved that I am my place among the sprinters’m worth and I can win.”
“Yes, I hope that there are still more victories to come. The legs are good and I am very happy with it. Tonight we celebrate this win and then tomorrow maybe again, because it is a flat stage.”
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