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So close (two)

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Quimper, July 11th, ST5 – “I was on Sagan’s wheel- said Sonny Colbrelli, today second again – and I tried to anticipate him. I was side by side and maybe I got over him for some seconds, but then with 100 meters to go the legs broke out and the world champion beat me! “.

“Looking on the bright side and I must say that last year’s Tour I could not even make the sprint, while this year I play for the victory. Of course, winning today would have been better, but I will try again”.

Even today it was a hard tough stage. “With 100km to go – explains Kristijan Koren – the race came on and was very demanding. Everyone wants to stay in front of it and it gets complicated on these narrow roads and with the not perfect asphalt. We are only at the fifth stage and there is still a lot of energy in the peloton”.

SD Gorazd Štangelj analyzes the stage: “Sonny is used to make a strength sprint but today at 250 meters they stopped a bit and this has a little penalized our rider. He started first, trying to surprise everyone but in the last 100 meters Sagan proved to be faster. It’s still a great result that confirms Sonny’s great talents “.

Tomorrow first real climb of this Tour. From Brest to Mûr de Bretagne (181km) that the bunch will have to climb twice. It’s a classic ascent for the French race: about 2km long with an average gradient of 6.9%.

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