Gogl punctuates stage 2 for NTT Pro Cycling
The flamboyant Julian Alaphilippe (DQT) won yesterday’s second stage of the Tour de France ahead of Marc Hirschi (SUN), and for the South African NTT Pro Cycling squad the day was punctuated by Michael Gogl who spent most of the day in a strong six-man breakaway, which was only reeled in on the Col d’Eze.
Read what the NTT riders had to say after the stage:
I had it in my mind to catch the break today, and if it would go immediately and I saw a couple of really strong engines moving right from the start so I joined them right at the last moment, I was a bit heavy there.
And then I didn’t expect that some teams would control it like they did so the chance for the stage were small but then we fought for the mountain’s jersey but unfortunately I was third twice and that’s the sport, two guys were faster than me there. Overall, I’m happy with my performance, happy with my legs and the Tour is long so there will be a couple more opportunities to come.
I’m as good as one can be after a six-hour day with broken ribs. Just pleased to get through the day and to be in one piece. The best thing for an injury is always to rest and a brutal day like today isn’t the best thing for it but I got through it. We were a bit worried about that this morning but the fact that I was able to get through it is positive so hopefully I can continue getting better.
For tomorrow, on the face of it it’s a sprint day and I think Giacomo showed yesterday that he’s super, super fast and hopefully he’s feeling good. If we can get him in a good position, then I have no doubt we’re going to pick up a result.