Vacansoleil-DCM’s Thomas de Gendt was still rubbing the sleep out of his eyes when he came out to say hello to his girlfriend at this morning’s stage start in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule.
“I’m very tired at this moment,” said the Belgian. “I was sleeping in the bus and I think everybody’s tired.”
The fatigue was general – it’s normal after 13 days, he said.
But despite the weariness, the versatile rider anticipated an aggressive day’s racing from Vacansoleil-DCM. He predicted a tension between the break and Cannondale who would be keen to set up the stage for Peter Sagan in Lyon.
“I think everybody in the Vacansoleil team could go in the break so we will try from the beginning and see how it goes.
“Sagan will maybe want to have a sprint but there will be a lot of people who will want to go in the break.
“It’s gonna to be a fight to get in the break and then it’s gonna be fight to try to stay in the front. We will have to see how it goes in the race how much wind there is and then we have to act to that.”