Roglic: "We have a strong team to control the race"

The Slovenian valued the work of the Jumbo-Visma, which covered his leader of the ranks throughout the day. Formolo also spoke after his great victory.


The Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), leader of the Dauphiné, stressed that in a difficult stage his team showed its strength by controlling the situation at all times. "It was another difficult day and we showed that our team is strong. We had to control the situation, first checking that the composition of the break was right for us and then with the final promotion."The winner of the 2019 Vuelta highlighted the control over the escaped man and the attacks that could await on the way to the finish line. "In the end we had to go fast because Formolo was not within 15 minutes in general and we also expected attacks. We remained very focused, that is our job. Fortunately we have very strong colleagues to manage all this."

Formolo: "I attacked at La Madeleine and then .... to pray"

Davide Formolo (UAE Emirates), solo winner of the third stage of Dauphiné, pointed out that the key to his victory was "to attack at La Madeleine and then pray" , since the group of favorites was cutting time to the champion of Italy in the final ascent to Saint Martin de Belleville.

"On foot from the Madeleine we only had 3 minutes into the break and I thought it was not enough. So I thought to myself that I had to try something to widen the gap. I preferred to go alone, so I had to attack in the port and ... then pray, "said Formolo at the finish line.

The cyclist born in Negrar (Veneto) 27 years ago went through difficulties after crowning La Madeleine, in the valley area, where he lost "a lot of energy", but he held out alone until the last ascent, which began with 5 minutes of rent. "The last ascent was mostly uphill and downhill, which didn't leave many opportunities to make a difference on a getaway, so I had to buy time well in advance."

A deserved success for Formolo, second place in the recent Strade Bianche. "I resumed the 2020 season with a good result at Strade Bianche and I felt a little worse at Milan-San Remo, but today I have achieved a success that I deserve, I am very satisfied," said the winner of the day. "There are two more mountain stages left, I'll see what I can do to keep this mountain jersey, it would be a pleasure," he said.

Quintana: "I expected to be a little better at the end"

Colombian Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic), ninth overall in Dauphiné 35 seconds behind the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, expected to "be a little better" at the end of the third stage with goal at the top of Saint Martin de Belleville. "I was hoping to be a little better at the end. I tried to follow the rivals in the final sprint, but found that I had the upper hand to lose, since those in front had much more power than me," he said.

Quintana, who finally entered 9 seconds behind Roglic with his compatriot Egan Bernal, thanked his teammates once again for their work. "Once again my teammates from the Arkéa-Samsic team put me in the best possible condition, doing a great job leading the pack during the climb to Col de la Madeleine. I want to thank everyone," he said.

Pinot: "There are two days left and the weekend can be lively"

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), second overall at the Critérium del Dauphiné, commented at the end of the third stage that despite having "suffered a lot from the heat "and predicted that the weekend with two great mountain stages could" be very lively ".

"I'm happy with third place today. I wasn't as good as yesterday, I suffered a lot from the heat, but I'm happy, there wasn't much more to do, we went very fast." 14 seconds behind overall leader Primoz Roglic, the French rider believes things could still change overall at the weekend.

"On Saturday and Sunday we have two beautiful stages where the strategies are clear: those who want to try to overthrow the general classification will try". Therefore, Pinot believes that "we can have a lively weekend and why not have some nice surprises, we will see how the legs respond" .

"Of course I would like to overturn the general classification, but for that you have to have legs. Yesterday I had great feelings, and today I am happy to be there, so we will see this weekend," said the Frenchman.

Sivakov: "Egan Bernal struggled, but there is much left for the Tour"

Russian Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) acknowledged the problems of his commander, Colombian Egan Bernal, in the final ascent to Saint Martin de Belleville, top of the third Dauphiné stage, where the winner of the 2019 Tour once again lost a handful of seconds over the leader, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

"It was good to get back into shape and get back to my level. Yesterday I made a little mistake and it was a bit empty. Egan had a difficult day at the end, but no problem. He is still in the fight and has completed two difficult stages ".

Sivakov, 23, Bernal's last gregarious in the final ports, commented that he had to stay with the Colombian because he was in trouble. "Egan told me he wasn't feeling very well today. So I stayed with him and tried to carry him to the end. When the sprint started I kept going and maybe with 100 meters to go I saw that he had given way."

As the winner of the 2019 Tour of the Alps and Tour of Poland explained, there is no reason to worry about the form of Bernal, now seventh 31 seconds behind Roglic. "We have done good training sessions and now you need to improve form in these races. There is still a long way to go for the Tour, especially until week three. We have time, we don't need to stress or worry."

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