Critérium du Dauphiné - Rolland : «Je suis sur les bons temps de passage»

Critérium du Dauphiné – Rolland: “I’m on the right lap times”

Pierre Roland (B&B Hotels-KTM) couldn’t help but enliven the race, for this first stage of the Dauphine Criterium. The 35-year-old runner followed, then countered a few big names when, isolated at the head of the race, he let himself be joined by Maxime Bouet (Arkea-Samsic) and Laurens Huys (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials). If the trio was taken over by the peloton long before the outcome, the climber of the Men In Glaz passed at the head of the various passes of the day in order to be sure to put on the jersey of the mountain. As a bonus, the best climber in the Criterium du Dauphiné 2008 won the prize for combativeness, for his action at the front of the race this Sunday. He then took his time to answer questions.

Video – Wout Van Aert savors after his victory on the 1st stage

“It is the symbol of a long and regular career”

“The goal was to get into a slightly more consistent breakaway, but I saw good riders get in front like Pöstlberger, Kévin Geniets, Cavagna on the first ascent, so I accompanied, and at one point given I countered everyone a bit. I knew it was going to come back to me but I expected a little more runners… once it was gone, it was gone”reported Pierre Rolandattacking in the soul.

“When I took the lead in the first second category, I said to myself that if I passed the others in the lead I was going to have the polka dot jersey, and I reflected that it was 14 years back that I won this ranking so it’s quite symbolic for me to have it tonight, and try to keep it as long as possible perhaps”aspired to the Giennois. “It is the symbol of a long and regular career, so yes I am satisfied with my day”added the champion of B&B Hotels-KTM.

“The team has been running well for a few weeks”

“It’s my period, the Dauphiné, the Tour, June, July, it’s always been the most important months of my season, and I’m on the good times. It was a good day, tomorrow we’ll try to recover, and we will start again on Monday”he explained. “The team has been going well I think for a few weeks, Luca (Mozzato) has finished second twice, he is going around. In any case, we are giving the best of ourselves, after the results, there are ins and outs what we don’t master, what we master is training, giving the best of yourself every day, after cycling it’s still a fairly random science in terms of progression”he then developed.

Tomorrow ? “I think it’s a bit the same profile as today so a sprint with a slightly reduced peloton like today, there are teams that will try to take down the biggest sprinters like Groenewegen, and etc.” In any case, Pierre Roland will wear his new shirt tomorrow (Monday) no matter what.

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