Bad luck again in France
After yesterday crashes, Alejandro was hoping to get a good result in today stage, which finished at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles.
The victim of a puncture at something more than 7 km from the finish, the Spanish rider arrived 2’09’’ behind stage winner Christopher Froome.
Alejandro Valverde’s quotes:
“To be honest, it seems like the Tour is not my race at all and, most especially, this Tour is not being the best for me. Good luck is not at my side, that’s for sure. After the two crashes yesterday, I was feeling quite strong today and I had a flat tire in the worst possible moment. just before starting the climb and when the pace was getting to the highest. I was about to enter the group, but they were riding on full steam and I came with my legs really swollen due to the effort. I went on my own pace through the climb and overtook many people, but it was impossible to get to the front. The team was superb, all of them did a great work and we did all we could do. When things go this way, you can’t do anything else. Still, not everything is lost, though it’s obvious that the GC will be really difficult with so much time lost, even when I think that we can stay with the other riders apart from those three or four at a higher level”.