"At the decisive moment we were not where we should have been"

Bahrain manager Gorazd Stangelj blamed their leader, Mikel Landa, for not being in the right place at the key moment of the day.


The peloton was warned: leaving Castres, some 43 kilometers from the finish line, the wind direction would change and it would blow sideways. The strain of taking the head caused fans and falls. Mikel Landa, at the rear of the group, lagged behind with Sonny Colbrelli as the only gregarious. Because Pello Bilbao, Damiano Caruso and Matej Mohoric rolled even further back after a hitch from the Slovenian. Result: 1:21 losses compared to the favorites, less Pogacar, Mollema, Porte, Chaves and Carapaz, who also entered cut.

Gorazd Stangelj, Bahrain manager, blamed his leader for not being in the right place at the decisive moment of the day: “We did an exceptional first part of the stage, but just in the area where we had to be more vigilant, not we were in the right position. A bad placement led us to lose more than a minute, a bad balance. And thank goodness that the boys (Bilbao, Caruso and Mohoric) arrived later to try to minimize the disadvantage, since the opponents took advantage of the situation and understood each other very well ahead. ”

Landa did not speak in Lavaur. Bilbao did offer explanations: “Although we were well positioned all day, we were caught in a crash due to a sudden stop in the peloton and three of our colleagues cut ourselves between the cars. We had it quite complicated before the start of the day, due to the abandonment of Rafa Valls and with Wouter Poels very touched in the ribs. We are practically six runners. Mikel only had Colbrelli available when they began to distance themselves, and it is a real shame that he gave up more than a minute on such a day. ”

For Primoz Roglic it meant “a joy to leave behind powerful rivals like Pogacar or Landa”: “The Jumbo always worked to keep the places in front of the group, and we also knew that Wout van Aert would have a good chance to win. So double prize ”. Ineos did not neglect Bernal either, but he took down Castroviejo to pull Carapaz, who suffered an inopportune puncture. The three roosters of Movistar, Enric Mas, Alejando Valverde and Marc Soler, used themselves to enter with the best, such as Pinot, Nairo, Buchmann, Superman, Urán, Bardet, Dumoulin, Alaphilippe, Martin or the yellow jersey, Adam Yates.

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