Dauphine - Mark Padun: I had the feeling like I need to wake up now, but it’s not a dream
Jun 06 2021 05:55 am CET

Dauphine - Mark Padun: I had the feeling like I need to wake up now, but it’s not a dream
Dauphine - Mark Padun: I had the feeling like I need to wake up now, but it’s not a dream
Team Bahrain Victorious

Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious) has taken the win of the seventh stage at the Criterium du Dauphine after a late attack.

The Ukrainian rider was part of the front group on the last climb of the day at the French race. During the last stretch, he managed to break free from Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) and this was strong enough to cross the finish line on his own.

"It’s incredible and an incredible moment for me," said Padun. "First of all, it’s my first WorldTour victory and on one of the hardest stages of Dauphine when everyone is going so fast. Also, in the last six stages, I felt so bad on the bike during the race, and I thought it would be impossible for me to finish the race, and today I arrived first. When I crossed the finish line, I had the feeling like I need to wake up now, but it’s not a dream.

"I thought I might arrive with the top 20 guys, and when Richie Porte attacked, I tried to close the gap as I had our leader Jack Haig in the group. I saw we had a gap with four riders, and I thought, why not, maybe they will show me on TV for my mother, and I attacked. Then it was just me and Sepp Kuss, and when I saw him drop, I just decided to go full gas to the finish and hope no one would catch me. Thanks to my team that believed in me.”
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