Riding into his home region on Saturday where Stage 8 of the Vuelta concluded, Oscar Pereiro says he felt really moved by the enthusiasm that the Galician people showed towards him and the race.
"It was so nice!" said Pereiro, "because I have been a professional rider for seven years and this was the first time that I entered Galicia in a cycling race. Cycling is very popular here and the Tour of Spain last came here in 1995 - such a long time [ago]! To race in the presence of my fellow citizens has been very special, for me and for them too, especially now that I am officially the winner of the Tour of France."