No, I'm not covering this race as I have never done, because there is no streaming and I don't find it interesting. I only made an exception when Andy was racing it. In add I think it's too early for a stage race in France and every year there are problems with the weather conditions, protests by the riders, disrupted stages or risky racing. I don't like.
Anyway I like Giacomo Nizzolo. He had a troubled winter and a disappointing start in the Tour Down Under but I'm glad to see his shape is coming back. Second today, much better to come.
“It’s too bad because Coquard passed me in the last 10 meters, even less. I am happy to be back on one side, but to be first is much better than to be second. I don’t want to have a repeat of last year.
For me it was one of the hardest days on the bike of my life! I tried to save as much power the best I could, especially on the climb, and really anytime I could. In the end I told the boys, ‘okay, I am here’ and then I just tried to do the sprint the best I could.
I didn’t expect to find my form back this early. I still have work to do to get my top shape. I am happy to be there, and of course second is better than third place, but it is still not a win. After the work the team did today, I really wanted to give them a victory. But I think with a little bit of luck we will get there, and then it’s going to be a party for us.”