Tour de France – ST18 Embrun-Valloire (208km)
Valloire, July, 25th – “This morning at the team meeting – explains Damiano Caruso, splendid 5th in the first Alpine stage – we decided to try to attack and I was lucky to seize the right moment and to go into the break. Immediately, I had good sensations and this allowed me to reach the Galibier with the first little group”.
“Climbing to the top, the stage winner Nairo Quintana showed to be the strongest today while I tried to reach the Top Five at the end of one of the hardest stages of this Tour. I succeeded and this is a good satisfaction for me”.
The Italian rider was the first to climb atop of Col d’Izoard (2360m): “It is one of the mythical climbs of cycling and having my name in the gold register will remain forever. I find that it’s a good consolation for not being able to get ahead in the standings ”
“My Tour didn’t start very well with the crash in Brussels – concludes Damiano – but now I’m fine and there are still two mountain stages. I still have to understand how much “gasoline” remained because today I spent a lot, but if a new opportunity arises, I will try again! “.
“Since we changed our goal – says General Manager Brent Copeland – of not going for GC with Vincenzo, I feel the team has been fantastic with the way they have been able to getting into the breaks, to be visible and to be protagonist in some of the most important stages. Yesterday Dylan was 5th and today 5th with Damiano and this shows how much the guys are giving in order to get the best results”.
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