"It's a really good feeling. I can't believe I just won Paris-Nice. It's incredible for me. I'm happy. Was it hard to stay calm? Yes and no. When some riders started to attack, I couldn't follow them but I also knew I had a good team, a strong team and it can control the escapees. It was not difficult to be calm becauseI really believed in my team. The whole team...
Harassed all day by a formidable Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal (Sky) kept his cool to win the 77th edition of Paris-Nice at 22 on Sunday. While some expected Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick Step) to challenge the young Colombian in this finale around Nice, it is Quintana who led a fierce battle, à la Contador, to try and topple his compatriot. But Team Sky were too solid...
"It was a little complicated at the start of the climb. I thought that we were in control and that it would be easy to bridge the gap. But as the race went on, we saw it was not the case and we were forced to raise the tempo. Then Michal was honest and told us to go for it and try to salvage the jersey. We could not let Gilbert take the jersey away from us. We rode the last kilometer...
"I think it's good for us. We have two cards to play. Kwiatkowski is very strong and he can climb very well. We will see in the climbs but the leader is Michal and we have a very good team to help him in the mountain so that's good. I think I rode a good time trial. To be honest, I expected to lose much more time but finally it's good for me because I'm not a specialist....
Egan Bernal (Sky) crosses the line in 30:41, which is the 5th current time, 15 seconds behind Yates.
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