Giro d’Italia: Stage 7 reactions
Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
“It was a hard day, a really hard day. There was a strong break upfront but my team did an amazing job again. They killed themselves to bring the race back together. We hit the front early and but I was happy to find a gap, get through and win.”
“We knew it was going to be a tricky finish with the corners and the crosswinds. The guys did an amazing job in the last 6km to ride all the time at the front. I had two guys going a bit too early maybe, but they were over the moon with their performances. I was looking for a wheel to follow, I thought it was going to be too late but luckily I found a way through. I still had good power left so I was looking for a gap and Modolo stayed on his line so I found the gap and launched my sprint. Before this we were already happy with the Giro so far and now we have three of the seven stages so it has been amazing.”
Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida)
“Greipel is strongest, there’s nothing to say about it. I went past him because I want to anticipate the sprint. I thought I’d got it but then he passed me at twice my speed. There’s nothing I could have done to beat him, I gave it everything.”
Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
“I decided to stay on Greipel’s wheel in the finale and the team did a great job. When Lotto Soudal faded, I tried to go for but with the speed Greipel has, there wasn’t much I could do about it. I’ve taken eight second places in Giro sprints but I think its important to remember that were up against two great sprinters here: Greipel and Kittel. It’s not easy to beat them or win a Giro stage.”
Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)
“The stage wasn’t easy. We had a very difficult start, more than an hour at full gas and with some bad weather in between. Our plan was to wait and see what will happen on the last climb. We stayed together, worked as a team and really believed in the win, and all these things make up for the positive side of today”, said Marcel Kittel in Foligno. “We chased hard and just as the descent was coming to an end, we were already back in the peloton. The final was super fast and I was excellent positioned, with Fabio and Matteo on my side. Unfortunately, the puncture came and the race was over. It’s a pity that we were so unlucky, but I still want to congratulate Andre for taking the victory. As I said earlier this week: this is cycling, with great and sometimes not so great moments. After all, today was Friday 13th”.
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), leader in the GC
“Nippo did a strange move again to get Cunego in the break. I think next time I’ll just push him into the break because it’s really annoying.
“On the climb they went really fast and there were a lot of attacks and the bunch split but I had Tobias Ludvigsson with me and eventually a good break went, and everything came back and it was fairly controlled.
“I did Strade Bianche two times and I really liked it. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. The time trial is a really important stage too. It’s one of my key points of the Giro for me. But it suits me and I hope to win it. It’s difficult to tell how much time I can gain on my rivals but I like the course, it’s up and down, but it means it also suits other riders like Nibali too.”
“Of course I’m a little scared of third week, I didn’t go to altitude or train in the mountains for this Giro, I really surprised myself this week but I know the last week will be vey hard.”
Aleksandr Porsev (Katusha)
“The sprint was quite chaotic because of few corners inside the final kilometer. I found the wheel of Arnaud Démare, started to come in front, but then he suddenly stopped and I had to restart again, fighting for my position for the sprint. In the end I did all I could and took another Top-10 place. Of course I would like to change all these Top-10 places for a podium spot. I feel good and I hope in the next flat stages I will have more luck”.
Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)
“When the escape was gone with three leaders, we thought the breakaway was gone but then the team of Cunego started to ride. I just followed Cunego and passed him before the line. It was not really my plan to take points.
“The plan was to help Andre as much as possible. In the final I did a little bit of work for him, and I am very happy that he won.”
“I will try to take the next stages as breakaways, which is my biggest chance for a second stage win. The mountain jersey is not really an objective for me. I will just try to go for a second win. The mountain jersey is just a bonus. If you are in the breakaways it comes automatically.”