Updated on 2020-09-10 09:30:27
Nairo Quintana finished in the first peloton on this second flat stage in a row of this 2020 Tour de France.
He was perfectly protected by all of his teammates including Clément Russo, 17th at the finish.
“I spent the last fifty kilometers protecting Nairo during this second day on the plains. We were positioned in the top 20 of the peloton. I told him to stay in my wheel, that I was going to pilot him. I do indeed like rubbing and being in contact with the sprinters. I enjoyed doing this placement work, like that throughout the day. It’s a role I enjoyed playing with him "
“The proposed routes for this 11th stage were still complicated, however my teammates helped me as always, supported me throughout the day.
We had to constantly fight to find ourselves in front, to keep our position. Being in the front of the peloton was the best place to be because it was a lot of friction. We have held our place. Tomorrow is a stage in the middle of the mountains, and my goal once again will be to find myself in contact with the very best. I feel great after my fall yesterday. I am recovering well. Luckily this one was okay. I am physically well ”.
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director of the Arkéa-Samsic team
“This 11th stage was quieter. I think yesterday's was so exhausting that the whole peloton needed to breathe physically, morally. This day allowed all the runners, including ours of course, to recover from the falls that had occurred the day before.
Tomorrow is scheduled a very long mid-mountain stage which could leave traces in the bodies, before the important ones which are looming in the 3rd week of this Tour de France ”.