|Tour de France - Offredo colours Dordogne [11-07-17 20:17 by staff GoNBike.com]|
Offredo colours Dordogne, Vanspeybrouck sprints 8th
Yoann Offredo again had an offensive spirit in stage 10 of Tour de France through La Dordogne. When the flag went down Offredo accelerated. When he looked back he noticed no one followed his wheel. Only the young French rider Elie Gesbert was able to catch the wheel of Offredo. "Yoyo" rode in front during 170 kilometers and grabbed the points at the intermediate sprint. Heading to the finish in Bergerac Offredo and Gesbert were caught by the inevitable bunch. Pieter Vanspeybrouck was well protected by his teammates and caught the wheel of the top sprinters in the final kilometers. "Speye" achieved an 8th spot in the end. Because of a 16th (Pasqualon) and 20th (Smith) spot Wanty-Groupe Gobert won the team classification for the 2nd time.
"After the first sprint in which I finished 12th I had a feeling top 10 was possible. I didn't ride a perfect sprint and I knew I could to better. At that moment I told Hilaire (Van der Schueren) I wanted to finish in top 10 in the sprint. In the 10th stage I achieved my goal!"
"Guillaume Van Keirsbulck positioned me perfectly and I didn't catch any wind untill 3 kilometers to go. This morning I discovered some corners in the final kilometer. That suits me. I was well positioned in the wheel of Bouhanni and for a moment it was close in the corners. I am a sportsman, of course I want to do better. Tomorrow awaits a new stage, maybe I can gain some more spots. Who knows!"
"From kilometer zero I believed in it because I always start with an idea in my mind. I thought it was going to rain, but eventually we had to face headwind. The day after the rest day I hoped there would be seven or eight riders in the break. With only the two of us, it was "mission impossible." But once I accelerated, I turned the knob. It was good to ride in front with the big crowd at the side of the road. "
"But I'm not here to play marionette. I'm getting a bit skeptic because there are no 50 riders who can beat Kittel. And in addition the race is broadcast on TV from kilometer 0 to the finish. I know that the Tour is long and we have to save energy, but we also came here to have fun on the bike. "
::Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert - Press Release::
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