Nibali with the best in the first uphill stage
Lans-En-Vercors, 7th June, 4th stage – “In the first race hour – explains Franco Pellizotti – we averaged over 52km/h and when the escape finally gone the speed dropped a bit”.
“Team Sky has always kept the race under control – continues the Italian rider – and then we did not remain many on the final climb. Personally, I’m happy with my race because slowly I’m finding the race pace and good feelings “
The Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe won the fourth stage with the arrival at 1400 meters of Lans-En-Vercors, while the Italian Gianni Moscon is now the new leader of the French race.
Vincenzo Nibali is satisfied: “Overall it was a good day. In the finale I tried to stay in the first positions of the peloton and I lost a few seconds only inside the final kilometer. That’s okay, the preparation for the Tour continues according to the program and this is the important thing “.
Sport director Gorazd Štangelj analyzes today stage: “We were always with the first and then on the last climb we paid the change of pace. This is the road to the Tour and I expect in the coming days to go better and better “.
Still a lot of climb in the 5th stage. Only 130km from Grenoble to Valmorel, but with two short but steep initial ascents and above all the last climb towards the finish line: almost 13km with 7% average gradient.
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