Team directory Dirk Demol: "The field here is very good, even stronger than last year. Today Tony just didn't have the legs. Let's not forget that he's not a pure climber. "
Tony Gallopin: “The team put me in a good position for the climb but I just didn’t have the legs. I knew it quite early on the climb which allowed Matthew to ride for himself.”
Matthew Bushe ended up 15th on the stage: "The climb was super hard but I felt pretty good. I was at my maximum. Saxo had Matti Breshel going full gas at the bottom of the climb and the field exploded. A lot of riders couldn't follow. I chose my own rhythm but the hill was pretty unrelenting. When I saw that Tony was suffering, I thought it was important that the team have a good result, so we decided that I should go. I am happy with how I'm feeling in my first race of the season and the team spirit and atmosphere couldn't be better. Things are going really well."
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