Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) – stage winner
I’m super happy not just for me but for the team. They gave me this opportunity even though Domenico [Pozzovivo] is feeling very good for the GC. He gave me a free pass today to play for the stage win, and I’m super happy for it.
(On going up against Nico Denz) I was not super confident, that’s why I tried to attack him several times in the last 10km, but then he collaborated, even though I attacked him. So, I decided to risk it all for the final sprint. I was not super confident but when I saw he was not passing me, I had even more power and tried to go all the way to the line.
I think this year I made a big step forward. I feel very good in team Bahrain-Merida, they gave me lots of support and lots of opportunities to do my own results. I’m super happy about it and I hope there’s more to come over the rest of the season.
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – race leader
(On Esteban Chaves getting dropped) He just had a bad moment in the first climb of the day. Straight out of the rest day you don’t know how the body responds. He just had a bad moment and like that, it’s over. It was a really hard chase. I know he’s worked extremely hard for this. Maybe he can bounce back and get a few stage wins.
(On sprinting for time bonus) I was going to go for them as well, but once I saw Pinot lining up with the team to do a lead-out for the sprint. I came behind him and managed to beat him in the sprint. I’m going to need every second I can get… maybe I’m going to have to start sprinting for more than bonus seconds.
(Losing Chaves, does it change your tactic) No, I was going to apporach the race exactly the same. There are many more difficult stages to come. We’ll see how that goes.
Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)
Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky)
Manuele Boaro (Bahrain-Merida)
Matt White – Mitchelton-Scott senior directeur sportif
Richard Carapaz (Movistar) – best young rider
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