Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani CSF): “Is the best day of my life”
“Today is the best day of my life. It’s a massive emotion. I don’t know how to describe it, I don’t have any words. I would just like to thank everybody, my team on what was an important day.
It was interesting that Pirazzi was in the break as well. I understood that he was in the right move and that it was the right break to be in. He helped me a lot, he calmed me, because we had to help and support him. I’m just happy to win.
I could never have imagined winning a stage here because it is my first year as a professional, it comes as a big surprise. This is a fantastic victory, and thanks to everyone, and to my whole team.
[Will you try again?] Yes of course, why not. We’ll all try again the whole team. We’re here for stage wins, we’re here to fight and we’re not going to be happy with just one win. We’ll try again, we won’t rest on our laurels and we’ll continue to fight.”
Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep): “This is definitely one of the best days of my race”
“This is a jersey for the whole team; everybody worked like hell today. We were attacked from all the other teams. We had three guys controlling the breakaway and then pulled on the second last climb. When Astana went I was able to stay there. Luca is in pink and he was pulling for me on the last climb.
I really can’t believe it. This is definitely one of the best days of my race. We don’t normally see this in cycling where a leader of the race is pulling. I think we are all really honest with each other, a big group of friends and I think we showed that today.
We’ve had three guys now in the pink jersey. If someone told me that I had to go home tomorrow, I would say, ‘OK, it’s fine with me’. We have showed that we have a strong team but we have a few hard days ahead of us and we will try to control this, but we have achieved way, way more than we ever expected. I just want to enjoy this.”
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “I think we could have done it a bit better”
On teammate Andrey Amador’s attack: “Yes, he had a go. He fought all the way. I think we could have done it a bit better but we can be happy.”
“We’re really good. Of course, when Andrey went down I tried to slow things down but we’re really happy with how things are going.”
Damiano Cunego (Nippo – Vini Fantini): “I want the jersey but I want the stage win as well”
“We wanted to go into the break to maybe try and take this jersey and a stage win but in the end I didn’t have energy. It was hard to get everybody to do their turns. Ciccone was so strong. I had a bit of help but I couldn’t take too many risks. Of course, the younger riders can take more risks. I’ll try again.
I want the jersey but I want the stage win as well. Ok, it didn’t work today but I’ll try again, maybe when there are bigger climbs. I want a stage win.”
Dave Brailsford, Team Sky manager: “We are really disappointed for Mikel”
“Mikel was ill overnight but we spoke this morning and he started today’s stage with the hope of being able to pull through. It was pretty clear that the illness had badly affected him and that he wasn’t going to be able to continue.
“We are really disappointed for Mikel, who was riding well and looking forward to attacking in the mountains and animating the race.
“However, we came here as a team and we’ll continue as a team. There is a long way still to go, and although our focus was on Mikel, there’s plenty of time for us to still make an impact at this Giro”
Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step): “I’m just very sorry that I couldn’t take the pink jersey back home for my family”
“The team hasn’t lost the pink jersey so that is a good day for us. I’m very happy I’m just very sorry that I couldn’t take the pink jersey back home for my family.
It was very hard, extremely tough. My last job was to work for Bob. It was great to have guys like [Matteo] Trentin working hard for us early on. They probably had the hardest job.”
Ian Boswell (Sky): “Tonight we will go back and reassess what we will do in the coming stages”
On Mikel Landa’s sudden exit: “No he didn’t mention anything before the race. I saw him on the bus and he didn’t look too well. At one point he got pretty cold on the bus and it was really hot on the bus. Nobody said anything, hoping. You know, just after a rest day sometimes you’re not feeling too hot and then you get back on the bike and you’re feeling fine. We didn’t mention anything before the race and we didn’t know how bad he was. Once we got into the race it was pretty evident early on that he wasn’t himself.
It’s unfortunate that he is out the race and I think it’s hard for us as a team. Over stages 8 and 9 he really showed that he was here to race and to perform and we were right behind him. I think, tonight we will go back and reassess what we will do in the coming stages.”
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