Jesús Herrada: "The successes in the Tour are sold very expensive"

The Cuenca player got into the break of the day, but finished second as he couldn't do anything against Lutsenko: "He was the strongest, I tried to take advantage of the opportunity."


Jesús Herrada changed Movistar for Cofidis in 2018. "I needed other airs and have greater freedom and leadership," acknowledges the Cuenca, just turned 30. In his first season with the French team he did not achieve any triumphs, but in 2019 he signed his most successful course as a professional: six goals, including the stage with a goal in Ares del Maestrat de la Vuelta, his first notch in a big one. “Things turned out very well. Cofidis trusted me and supported me in every competition. The work and all the sacrifices of the training offered good results. ”

Herrada escaped on the way to Mont Aigoual, but failed to finish off against the push of Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, who relegated him to second place: “A pity that someone else was stronger, successes on the Tour are sold at a high price. I picked up my pace and regulated. Although it was a good opportunity to seek fortune, we are in the early days, there is still enough energy and Lutsenko solved better than me ”. He assures that he is "well, focused and motivated to complete a good Tour", and that Cofidis ranks in this edition "one of the best blocks of recent times": "We have one of the best sprinters today, like Elia Viviani, and Guillaume Martin has shown in the Dauphiné and in the first contact with the mountain that you can bet on him for the general. We will try to hunt some partial victory, and for my part I will help Martin if he needs it and I will rush my personal options in escapes. ”

Regarding the exceptional health measures due to the coronavirus, he considers that “there was no other option to play the Tour with relative normality”: “Obviously it makes us strange to see so few people and so far away, such as journalists. Although it damages the show, it will gain more security and tranquility. Every precaution will be worth it if we manage to keep the bubble intact, there are no cases and nothing happens every day until we finish in Paris ”. And with respect to the rest of his calendar, it will depend on the evolution of the pandemic, but he has always doubled Tour and Vuelta with Cofidis. "It will be seen how we finished this race, or if the legs respond well after accumulated fatigue" .

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