Race: Tour de Hongrie
Start/Finish: Debrecen – Hajduszobos
“It was a really hot stage today over 35 degrees and with it being so flat and open there literally no shelter, but the team did a great job of looking after me right into the final and I have to thank them for helping me stay in a great position.”
“I felt really good, strong legs, happy with speed and we knew before the stage that it was a finish that could suit me, but as we hit the last few hundred metres there was a sharp right turn and some riders went down. I hit the brakes and that caused me to lose a few places and from there it was difficult to get back into the top ten.
“We have to look on the positive side of things, but I think if it wasn’t for the crash, I would have had a higher finish and broke into the top ten. It’s great for the team that we managed to keep David in the mountains jersey for another day and we will look to go again tomorrow.”
“The objectives for today were to make sure we kept David out of trouble and retained the mountains jersey and also to help Andrea for the sprint in the final. We achieved both of our objectives and I’m really satisfied with the boys today.”
“It’s easy to say ‘oh, it’s a flat stage why would you have trouble keeping the mountains jersey’, but on a stage like today anything can happen with the heat and the wind, but in the end, it was ok, and all the guys could focus on looking after Andrea.
“It was unfortunate that the crash happened because Andrea was in a great position to go for a result, but he did well to get back in and sprint into 15th. We have another two opportunities for Andrea and we will certainly be looking to take them.”
Stage three of the Tour de Hongrie takes place tomorrow and will cover 182 kilometers from Karcag – Nyiregyhaza.