The day after a minor crash, the leader of the Cofidis team (3rd overall) wanted to experience a quieter stage.
And this is exactly the expected scenario that unfolded between Châtelaillon-Plage and Poitiers (167.5 km) where his teammates supported him seriously throughout the day.
The vigilant team to the end
This long day between Châtelaillon-Plage and Poitiers (167.5 km) went off without a hitch for the leaders, Guillaume included.
At the end of the stage, Nicolas Edet and the whole team were keen to place themselves at the forefront in order to support him until the end and avoid the traps.
On arrival, Guillaume Martin, who praised the work of his teammates, said he was satisfied with this stage.
On his hand, Elia Viviani did not manage to find the opening in the sprint and finally finished 17th .
Guillaume Martin's hot reaction
“I wanted to have a quiet day after the crash yesterday and I did.
We were attentive all day and we stayed focused. In the end, Nicolas (Edet) and the whole team had a great work to keep us in the front and not waste too much energy.
From start to finish, it was a good job. It allowed us to have a relatively calm day and to consider the rest with serenity.
I felt better than after yesterday's stage. I still felt in my back and neck that it was quite sore at the start of the stage.
It wasn't a super enjoyable day on the bike but it was. And I'm glad I got through the day without any problems. "