Tour de France - Interview Pierre Rolland I could push the big chainring early on this climb...

Sat, 23 Jul 09:42:32 2011

I said I wanted to do everything possible to defend the yellow jersey of Thomas but on the climb of the Galibier, he told me, Seize your chance, don't worry about me'. This is also where I see that he is a great champion, one who was able to tell me to go at the right time. I immediately wanted to prepare myself for something by attacking in the valley. Still, this is a climb that I know very well one that I've reconnitoired more than a dozen times last year. When I found myself with two Spaniards, I knew they knew each other very well. So I told myself that I would not finish second, it was win or nothing. I knew at turn one, I could push the big chainring early on this climb at such a pace because I did it many times in training. This is a stage that I've watched dozens of times on video, with Armstrong, Pantani... I studied their cadence. And now it's me who has won! It will take me a little time before I realize what I've done. As for the suggestions that I could win the Tour de France... well, we must not forget that I'm only 24, and I have 10 wonderful years. I know I'm going to train to be at the highest level, and not have regrets when my career is over.

 

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