Antoine Duchesne had energy Thursday, but was not able to take part in the day’s breakaway that held to the finish.
“I’m disappointed not to have gone there,” said the cyclist chicoutimien Sportcom network, consoling himself with fifth place his teammate at Direct Energy, Sylvain Chavanel, just 40 seconds behind the winner of the stage, the Belgian Thomas De Gendt.
“Sylvain had a great day! He finished close enough behind the winner. This is great for us to exclaim Duchesne who took the 68th place more than 20 minutes behind. The breakaway went through and I still felt pretty good. I was not able to take, especially Sylvain left in the first blow. I was always in front, but a little behind for does not revive. ”
His team, however, lost a soldier in the 12th stage. The French Angelo Tulik was forced to retire after a fall. “It was someone very important for us in the sprints. He was very close to Bryan (Coquard) in the final, so it’s very sad to lose like that. We still beautiful arrivals “and still ensure Antoine Duchesne who has not bothered to criticize the development and management of the crowd very end of the test, which led to the incident the yellow jersey Chris Froome. “There were no barriers in the last kilometers, in the ascent of Mont Ventoux. It was really a big mistake because it was difficult to move with people everywhere, “to express Duchesne.
Friday, one against the clock of 37 kilometers is scheduled. Given that it is not in the fight overall, Duchesne will not push the machine too much to recover for the next steps.