"I don't think I suffer more in Bilbao than I did in the previous stages of high mountains. Normally I have no problems in short climbs, "said the leader of the Spanish race.
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For the ski exalter the important thing is to have passed his first leader day without problems. "Now it's time to rest and we'll see what happens tomorrow", he pointed.
So far, together with the Irishman Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), who left in the sixth stage after being a leader three days, the Slovenian is the only one of the six cyclists who have dressed in red who has endured more than one day in a row at the head of the classification.
After the hard stage of Andorra, the rest day and the individual time trial of Pau (France), the Slovenian explained that the stage on Wednesday began "Very fast, but once the getaway formed the day was quiet."
He also valued the "great job" that during his 180-kilometer journey between Saint Palais (France) and Urdax Dantxarinea made their teammates "in front of the platoon".
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"My roommate Tony Martin threw a lot, next to Lennard Hosftede, who accompanied him at work on the plain, while Sepp Kuss and George Bennett are more climbers and Neilson Powless and Robert Gesink more SUVs, "he said.
"We have already spent the day. Now it's time to rest and we'll see what happens tomorrow. I don't think he suffers more tomorrow than in the high mountains; I don't normally have problems with short climbs, "he said.