Another bunch sprint waiting for the cobbles
Amiens Métropole, July 14th, ST8 – “This is not like normal races – said Heinrich Haussler – where you move up 25km before the finish, here at the Tour you have to start to look for your positions with 70-60km to go otherwise you get in the troubles. Today was important to keep Vincenzo up there and we all made safe into the first group “.
Like yesterday, today’s stage ended with a bunch sprint and, again as yesterday, the victory went to the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen with our sonny Colbrelli in 13th place.
With 15km to go they were a big crash that also involved Franco Pellizotti:” Fortunately, I fell on my feet and everything it’s ok. The road was straight and slightly downhill when two riders touched themselves and fell involving several riders including me “.
The ninth stage will bring the peloton from Arras to Roubaix (156km). It is the famous stage with 15 pavé sector for a total of almost 22km which, tomorrow evening, could draw a completely new overall classification.
For SD Gorazd Štangelj: “Everyone talks about transfer stages but there is still a lot of stress and a lot of crashes. From tomorrow another Tour begins, for which the legs mostly count. We are ready for one of the most important stages, in April we tried all the cobbles sectors and we will start with confidence”.
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