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Belkin Pro Cycling Team Tour News: Quotes following stage 5

Safe and sound

Wednesday’s ride traversed 228,5 kilometres from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille. Owing to a relaxed tempo in the beginning, the riders ended up sitting five and a half hours on their bikes. Everyone stayed out of trouble in the sprinter’s stage.

Tour de France: Quotes following stage 5

Lars Boom
“Ultimately, the racing was fairly contested, but I rode very well today. The legs feel great. The first couple of days took a lot out of me but yesterday in the team time trial, it went very good and today as well. I recovered properly.”

Laurens ten Dam
“It was a long day and we are now stuck in traffic with the bus so it’s going to be a little longer. We got off to a slow start but thereafter we continued to up the tempo in order to chase down the lead group. I would have preferred a more constant and faster pace, that gives you the chance to catch your breath.”

Tom Leezer
“It was a very nice day for me. My family was here to see me and halfway along I had the chance to say hello. That was very special indeed.”

Robert Gesink
“The racing was very relaxed in the beginning but it could have been a bit faster all the same. Then it would have been finished sooner. It turned out to be a long and warm day, but thankfully we were sharp enough at the end to avoid the crashes.”

Bauke Mollema
“It was a long ride over a challenging parcours but I am happy to be able to say that nothing exceptional happened. We were up front in the climbs and at the bunch sprint we could avoid the spill. All in all, a good day.”

Lars Petter Nordhaug
“Today, the key was to emerge from the battle without any scars. We pulled that off. I had a notion to give it a go on the last climb, but the wind and the quick pace set by the sprint teams put a damper on that.”

Bram Tankink
“We sat in the tail of the peloton and with good reason. It was safe there. The last kilometres were straight on so we knew that it was unlikely that any gaps would develop and in that way we could avoid the hysteria at the bunch sprint. That paid off as there was once again a tumble right at the end.”

Sep Vanmarcke
“It was a trying day for everyone. It was stop and go and that made it difficult. Luckily, the temperature did not bother me today. The climbs were not all that long.”
Maarten Wynants
“It was a long day and with all those short climbs, it was a challenging one as well. I think we put in about two thousand vertical meters which is reasonably difficult.”

Nico Verhoeven
“There were relatively few journalists around the bus after the race. That’s a good sign. It means that nothing crazy has happened. Today was a sprinter’s stage and without one in our line-up, the mission was to avoid any trouble and we accomplished that. We did fancy an attack at the end but with a prevailing headwind that was a big ask.”

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