Vuelta a Espana stage 4: finish line quotes

Valverde on top, Chaves holds lead

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

"Sometimes it’s our team that sets the tempo like we did on the first road stage. Today we stayed calm and we know it’s a long race and we need to keep some strength in the bank. We sat with Katusha who were good but so were we. We sat on and didn’t need to accelerate too hard and then in the last 200m I just flew.

"I knew it was Sagan on my wheel because I kept seeing his hair. I knew he was strong on these finishes but know with 200m to go I know it would be my victory today."

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo)

“It was very hot. I spent a lot of time at the front of the group with my team today. I asked Movistar if they would help with the pace setting but they weren’t interested in helping us. I was thinking about the last climb which was up and down and a very hard climb. I have to be happy with second place because a climb like this was very hard.

"To be honest I did too much at the start of the climb. Then I started to recover and was on Alejandro’s wheel but in the last few meters he just pulled away. There’s not much more I could have done. I just didn’t have the legs today.”

Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEdge)

“The guys on the team have a lot of experience and were with me all day. In the last 60km it was fast and I was scared with the wind and it was crazy but the team put me in at the front all day. I started on the final climb near the front and the team were great with me. It was really explosive on the final climb.

"I saw at the last corner that Roche had attacked an I was in bad position but I could see him in the finale with Valverde and Sagan and they had caught him. It was close for sure."

Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

“Alejandro said this morning he wanted to win the stage. I’ve raced with him for a while and I know when he wants to win. I know he waned to win had huge motivation. I let him go ahead of me on the finishing climb and it was okay. It was all about being near the front and waiting for the finish. It was very tough and we tried to recover so we could have a nice finish before the final climb and in the end it was okay and Alejandro took the victory."

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