|Tour de France - Smith conquers spolka dot jersey [09-07-18 09:01 by staff GoNBike.com]|
Dion Smith conquers historic jersey, Dupont and Pasqualon sprint top 10
Dion Smith conquered a historic polka dot jersey for Wanty-Groupe Gobert on the way to La Roche-sur-Yon. For the team, it is the first Tour de France leader's jersey in our history. At the end of the second stage, a reduced group sprinted for the victory. Timothy Dupont finished in a sixth place and our Italian Andrea Pasqualon (8th) finished in the top 10 as second WGG rider. Because of the 13th place of Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Wanty-Groupe Gobert is also the day winner in the team classification.
"It was very special to be on the Tour podium. I think I am the first New Zealander to achieve this, something to be proud of. To represent my country and Wanty-Groupe Gobert here is fantastic. "
"The plan was to go full for the polka dot jersey today. After conquering the points, I wanted to save power with an eye on the upcoming days. The team time trial is very important for our leader Guillaume Martin. We want to limit the loss of tim. Tomorrow I will definitely stay in the jersey and over the next days I will do everything I can to preserve it."
"The final was very dangerous, but I was in front of the crash. I was a bit trapped in the small group and Démare and a teammate took my place, but I certainly can not be disappointed with my sixth place. Especially when I see who ends up in front of me, I can not complain. But a top 5 was possible today!"
"I normally get better every stage in a tour. But I've never done a three weeks stage race, so we shall see. But after today I feel confident. "
::Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert - Press Release::
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