Antoine Duchesne and Direct Energy to teammates successfully done their job to bring the team leader Bryan Coquard toward the finish line during the sixth stage of the Tour de France. The sprinter, however, was trapped in the final meters, paving the way for a third victory in this first week to Briton Mark Cavendish.
“That’s what’s a little sad, we did a perfect job. Everyone has really managed to play his role wonderfully, “said Antoine Duchesne in interview Sportcom network.
“He did fit into one of the last corners and he lost the wheel Adrien (Small), who has not seen it,” said the native of Chicoutimi cyclist about the end of Coquard race who finished ninth with the same time 4h43m48.
Duchesne remained positive despite the disappointing conclusion. He stressed that the game plan had been followed perfectly, especially with Thomas Voeckler and Fabrice Jeandesboz front of the peloton for about thirty kilometers.
“It allows us to be in place, the last guy to bring the sprint. It removes stress to Bryan and it shows our ambitions, “noted Duchesne who also rode in front to finally conclude in 193rd place, just 3 minutes and 12 seconds of the winner. “More and more we are able to take our place and we uphold in the bunch. We young now vis-à-vis that of Cavendish, Lotto and company, but I think we have nothing to envy. We show, especially on this tour, we are at the highest level. All the best sprinters in the world are there and we are leading five kilometers, to the end “, welcomed Duchesne.
“We’re probably the smallest team with the smallest budget of the pack and we are in the front. We are able to take the race. We believe Bryan. It’s fun to continue the Chicoutimien. The result in the end is not there, but it shows that we have our place, ambition and strength to take a squad like the Tour de France. We want this win then I am sure we will have it. ”