"By missing the shepherd of the flock, the possibilities increase ..."

The director of Movistar explained with those words what the absence of Chris Froome supposes. "We will try to be with the best," he said of the first mountain stage.

Eusebio Unzue, director of the Movistar team, assured that in the stage of Thursday, with a high finish in the Planche des Belles Filles, "you will see a smaller selection of favorites and how is each one" .

Unzue pointed out that " to the lack of the shepherd of the flock ", in reference to the British Chris Froome," the range of possibilities increases for many runners " and sees 6 or 7 men with options, which will begin to be clarified on Thursday in the journey of the Vosges.

"With the first high end the positions will be clarified, we will try to be with the best, not waste time and go to the Pyrenees with intact objectives. Then Pau's chrono will be an important test and We must not forget that there are the Alps, we need tranquility and to see the day to day, "he said.

After the triumph of the Frenchman Alaphilippe in the third stage, with a final in Epernay, Unzue spoke of" ex hibition "of the Gallic cyclist. "He won with an exhibition, when he started, in less than 700 meters he put 20 seconds and in the descent he increased to 40. There was no reaction behind, he went like a missile," he assured. Finally, Unzue went back to refer to the chrono by teams and admitted that, although they did not finish "satisfied", the 45 seconds lost "enter into the reasonable" .

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