Eusebio Unzue about Tour de France cobbles stage: We have to pray to the gods
Nov 10 2017 01:35 pm CET

Eusebio Unzue about Tour de France cobbles stage: We have to pray to the gods

Movistar Team boss Eusebio Unzue believes that the 2018 Tour de France will start not once but twice, as result of the much feared cobbled stage near Roubaix.

The ninth stage of the French grand tour includes 21 kilometers of cobbles, on which general classification riders may well see their ambitions end in a painful manner.

"It will be a very eventful Tour next year," Unzue said at a press conference. "The race will start twice. Once before this stage and then afterwards."

Movistar's potential leaders (Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde) aren't particularly suited for these kinds of challenges, but Unzue believes that this won't be any different for their rivals.

"Nobody who is aiming for a top result will be happy about it," he explained, adding that only riders like Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali could be able to make a difference there. "They are good on this terrain and will probably have fewer fears.

"But the problem is that all favorites and their teams have to take a much higher risk than usual.

"We won't be able to win the Tour that day. Rather, we have to pray to the gods that we will not leave the race because of bad luck."
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