Tour de France 2019 stage 11 finish line quotes

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) – stage 11 winner

“To be honest I can’t believe it. I’ve been close in the last four sprints I’ve done, and my team never lost faith in me. I never lost faith in my sprint. I knew if everything came together then I can be the fastest on the day, and I think today I showed that.

“I think with about 10ks to go I got caught behind my teammate Jasper who crashed, and I was really at the back of the bunch. Roger came back for me, and he basically took me from the back of the bunch to Groenewegen’s wheel in the last few kilometres. Once I had a bit of time to recover, luckily I had the legs to be able to win.

“There’s no other race I’ve dreamt of winning since I was a young kid. I can’t believe it. The Tour de France is something so distant from Australia, something we only watched on TV. I can’t believe I’m even here, and to win a stage is a real dream come true for me.” (ASO)

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

“I think he was putting a little bit too much stress on himself because it didn’t work out in the first days, and he almost had the stage win so close, and now finally it worked out.

“Actually, I couldn’t do anything for him because there was a small crash with 10km to go and he was a bit too far behind, but Roger [Kluge] brought him back, and he won. He did it mostly by himself and so great job by him.

“From day one we were there on the podium with third place and the young rider’s jersey, mountain jersey, and with my win the pressure was off the team. Everyone felt some relief because the Tour can’t go any better with a stage win – you can get two stage wins – but we already had a great Tour with one. Everyone was more relaxed ahead of this victory, and now Caleb finished it off and we have two stage wins. We are one of the best teams here and we can be happy.” (Eurosport)

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) – overall leader

Michael Matthews (Sunweb)

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

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