Tour de France - Michael Schär: We have to try something every day until we get rewarded
Jul 10 2019 12:37 am CET

Tour de France - Michael Schär: We have to try something every day until we get rewarded
Tour de France - Michael Schär: We have to try something every day until we get rewarded
Michael Schär © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Michael Schär (CCC Team) has taken the combativity award at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour de France for his work in the breakaway, which finished with 16 kilometres to go.

The Swiss rider was part of the breakaway of the day along with two Wanty-Gobert's riders and launched several attacks, including in the last climb of the day, but he was finally caught with 16 kilometres to go by a fast-paced peloton led by teams like Sunweb and Bora-hansgrohe.

"Yesterday I talked to Fabio (Baldato, CCC Team's Sports Director) and I said 'I'm gonna try'," said Schär after the finish line. "I thought there is always a chance. It was a long day out there but I tried and I think it is good to have something in the evening like a combativity prize.

"It is at least a little something and you never know, maybe one day it works out. I think we've had a good start in this tour with the Polka Dot and the time trial was satisfying. I think we should keep that good momentum going and try something every day until we get rewarded."

Despite receiving this award, the rider was disappointed by the small gap they were able to create with the pack throughout the stage of more than 200 kilometres. "That is the new cycling and it is really disappointing, to get two or three minutes is really nothing," he explained. "When I started we had given them around ten minutes or easy 12 minutes. Now it is two or three minutes, there is not a lot of margin anymore."

But he also commented about the good parts of the day. "I felt quite good, the legs were good, already since yesterday I've felt good and I think that is positive for the upcoming days."







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