Valverde: "Thursday's thing has to like my teammates"

The Murcian said that Movistar saved "well" the day, that the stage on Thursday, with three first, "like" and that "will be an important test."


"We have saved the day well, the tension was at the end but we had a relatively comfortable day", said Alejandro Valverde at COPE at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour de France, flat and quiet day that won the Italian sprint of the Deceuninck Elia Viviani.

This Tuesday was the penultimate partial before the race on Thursday faced the first peaks of enjundia, a chained with the Grand Ballon, the Balon d'Alsace and the Planche des Belles Filles. Valverde recognized the importance of the stage: "Tomorrow not yet but last is going to be an important test". Asked if he likes the layout, he replied: "I like the port on Thursday, but I have to like my colleagues."

"These are days when batteries have to be saved and I do not know if I can speculate on the result. Thursday is already another race, even tomorrow is another terrain where our leaders are going to go more loose. Hopefully we can start already giving war ", analyzed by Imanol Erviti, Valverde's partner in Movistar.

Quintana:" The Planche will serve to see where we are "

Nairo Quintana was pleased to have overcome without mishaps the first four stages of the Tour de France and assured that the January of Thursday, with final in La Planche des Belles Filles, first mountainous, will serve to see At what point are the favorites? "It has been a nervous day, everyone was attentive to what could happen, the passage through the town is dangerous." "The important thing is to release all the tension and spend these days", said the cyclist of Movistar.

"During All day we worked together, since the start was very important, because the wind was threatening at any moment and in the final part the nerves of the sprint, the roundabouts, the narrowings, ... It is important the work of the team and there they were ", he pointed. "We have overcome the days well, we are finding the sensations that for the moment are good. We hope that Thursday is a good day for us," he said.

That stage, "more than to cut time, servirá to see the rivals and see where we are ", highlighted. "Whenever you have climbed there you see the favorites, it's going to be very hard, many legs", added.

Enric Mas: "Today has been more crazy than yesterday"

Enric Mas, eighth in the general and first Spanish, He said that the fourth stage with final in Nancy had had moments of "more madness than yesterday", and said that sometimes "you have to know how to brake" .

"Today there has been more madness than yesterday, it has been a nervous stage , we have gone to 80 per hour below, people do not think, but this is cycling and it is the Tour ", pointed out the Majorcan cyclist in goal.

For it would be advisable to tighten the brake once more. "We could run with track bikes on days like today, but we are in the first week, there has been wind and people are running with pressure, as the teams", highlighted.

Mas highlighted the fact of belonging to a winning team as the Deceuninck Quick Step, that has already 46 victories in the season and two consecutive in the Tour. "We are on a roll, yesterday with Julian Alaphilippe and today with Viviani, who has come back very well, we went empty in the Giro, but now two consecutive is a success", said.

Ante the mountain stage of Thursday in La Planche des Belles Filles, Mas is satisfied "with not losing time and being with the best at the end" .



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