This evening, when our riders made their way down from the top of the GRAND COLOMBIER back to the team bus, they had reason to feel both satisfaction and desire.
Satisfaction: because after two weeks at the TDF, the team is still fully intact. They’ve gone for the jugular in so many stages, and feel (and know) they are still capable of chasing the victory we are missing.
Desire: The desire is clear, and it is shared by the full squad. From Dan Martin to Krists Neilands to Andre Greipel and even our Israeli, Guy Niv. The feeling that there is another shot waiting. And it was clear today on the 15th stage. Andre Greipel, for example, was climbing well and is on track to get over the Alps and to reach his chance in the Champs-Elysees.
Or Dan Martin – he was our only rider left standing until the last HC climb, and although he dropped in the first 3 km, fought back and finished 21st against the top field. “I decided to just ride my race and try to fight for the win against the GC guys. The legs are getting better and we’re another hard day in the bank.”
Even the Israeli GUY NIV, who is now only six stages away from realizing his dream of being the first Israeli rider to finish the Tour Dק France, is waiting for his breakaway opportunity in the Alps and will surely get the green light at last.
Tomorrow we will spend a well-deserved rest day in Grenoble before going at it again. “It’s time to rest and look for opportunities in the next days,” concluded Martin.