Tour de France stage 3 reactions: Michael Matthews, Jasper Stuyven, Greg Van Avermaet, Mike Teunissen
Jul 09 2019 06:22 am CET

Tour de France stage 3 reactions: Michael Matthews, Jasper Stuyven, Greg Van Avermaet, Mike Teunissen
Tour de France stage 3 reactions: Michael Matthews, Jasper Stuyven, Greg Van Avermaet, Mike Teunissen
Tour de France

The third stage of the Tour de France was won by Julian Alaphilippe, who also took the Yellow Jersey at the end of the day. Michael Matthews, Jasper Stuyven, Greg Van Avermaet and Mike Teunissen shared their opinions at the end of the stage.

Michael Matthews (Sunweb)

"On the categorised climb where Quick-Step really pushed it and exploded the bunch I was almost dropped there. I had really good teammates around me who kept me motivated and brought me back to the front; to keep me in the race. It’s unfortunate that Alaphilippe stayed away because my sprint was really good and I really gave it everything I had to the finish. Today is a confidence booster for us going forward."

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

"I was almost the best of the rest. I had good legs but it's not a win. I wanted to try today and I did well and it's nice to get another confidence boost for the next days. I have to say when I looked at Google Streets last night the finish looked less steep! But I felt good and those finishes fit me well. I switched bikes in the race, from the aero Madone to the lightweight Émonda, which I think was a good call today. It was planned. With the big roads to Reims and the tailwind, it was a big advantage to have the aero bike, and the light bike was perfect for the steep climbs. It's nice to do well on a really hard day. Alaphilippe was the strongest, but it's nice when you feel good to have kind of a result."

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team)

"I was feeling really good. I was happy with my form and the way I was feeling on the climbs was really nice. That is the most important thing from today I think. The result is okay for me. Fourth is not too bad on this stage but, generally, I was really happy with how I felt on the climbs and I think that’s a good sign for the next stages. Today was one of those days when everyone was really nervous but the climbs at the end made it easier for me. The gaps will now be bigger on the GC and that will make it easier for the stages."

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

"We knew it was going to be difficult. I was confident beforehand, but I didn’t feel as good as I had hoped. It is a pity that I lost the yellow jersey today. The last few days were very overwhelming and exhausting. Though they were great for the team and myself. This is a lifetime experience which I’ll never forget. From now on, we will focus on the original goals we came for in this Tour with Dylan and Steven."




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