Riders Quotes Tour de France Rest Day 1
The rest day has been really good so far. At this moment I can’t imagine having a better day. My experiences with rest days are good and bad; I’ve had some tough days after a rest day but also some very good days. Tomorrow is a flat day, so that will be fine and I am really looking forward to it.
I had a really nice long sleep today, woke up, had some breakfast and went for an easy ride with the guys. We did some sprints so we had some intensity training to keep the systems running. We stopped for a coffee and after that we had lunch and lay down on our beds. On days like this it is all about resting and eating.
The best moment so far in the Tour was without doubt Marcel Kittel’s victory. We all dreamed about it, and that it actually came true was very special. I feel privileged to have been part of the team success. Not only winning the stage but also the day after, riding with the yellow jersey in the team, was really good.
So far I haven’t had any disappointments. In stage 3 I was trying to sprint for myself. It didn’t work out but was not a very big disappointment. In the coming days the chances for the team in the flat stages will be really important. When there are more climbs I will go for my own chance to put on a good show, show a strong performance and hopefully get a good result.
It has been a very relaxing day so far. I didn’t have a really good night’s sleep, but the day was pretty relaxed so that isn’t a problem at all. Normally I prefer to keep on going and not have rest days, but now that I have had this day I am pretty happy with it.
We had a great first week and the whole first stage was amazing, from the moment I woke up to the end of the day when I went to bed. Everybody is focused on one thing, and when that happens it is just incredible.
So far I haven’t had a disappointment. I feel really good on the bike and I have been successful in my role in the sprint train. I crashed once but didn’t get hurt. This next week we will be sprinting again, which is a big goal. I also hope to be in the break, but that will be very difficult, as a lot of guys want the same.
It was a very good week and I had my best day yesterday, so that tells me that I am recovering very well, which is really good and gives me confidence for the rest of the Tour de France. The second day was the most painful day. I didn’t have very good legs and I thought to myself during the race that if it continued like this it would be a very long three weeks. But the day after went very well and I was able to escape in the final kilometers, which was a personal highlight for me so far.
I have learned to stay calm through this week, and so far it has worked. Of course I don’t have pressure and everything I do is good. The next Tour might be different in that people expect things, but so far it is pretty relaxing. I am very eager to show myself in the coming days, but that will be difficult; we have only two hilly stages, and many guys want to be in the break there as well. But I will do my very best and would be a bit disappointed if it doesn’t work out.
Winning the first week and wearing the yellow jersey was a very special moment. Everybody is right – it does feel different from any other jersey. You feel the history and magic of 100 years of cycling in the jersey. It was also quite special to get the jersey on the podium, but also the team presentation the next day, standing with my teammates who were all a huge part of this success, and then seeing the fans along the road cheering us on.
My form is also good. Yesterday I felt really good in the mountains and survived those very easily. In the coming weeks we will have some chances, and if everything falls into place again we should be ready to rumble. I’ve really enjoyed sprinting on the highest level in this Tour. We came to the Tour to win a stage, but now we are eager to win another. Today all our experts were also in the hotel and we had a meeting with them to analyze the sprints of the last week. We saw some improvements, so it should be possible to do something next week. I feel good and am really looking forward to sprinting again. The hills and mountains are OK, but I came here to battle with the other sprinters and to show some speed, so it is nice that we can continue that again.