Tour de France: Stage 13 reactions

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), stage winner

“This morning I woke up with the terrible news from Nice, and it was a big question if the team would start. I think it was a good decision [to start], in general, these terrorists cannot decide our lives. I think it’s good that we showed that we are the modern world and we don’t say yes to these attacks.

“It was a just question whether we should race or not today. In the end, it was a just decision to race because we can’t let terrorists rule our lives in our society. It’s terrible what happened and overshadows the day a lot. So you’re speaking to a man with two sides to his face today. Of course I’m happy with the win, but at the same time my thoughts are with everyone involved in the horrific attacks in Nice.”

“If you want to win you have to take risks. The wind was difficult and hard to cope with, I could have ridden with a three-spoke, one moment was tricky and I almost went off the road, but in general it was a smooth ride.”

Chris Froome (Sky), overall leader

“I think it was good that we stand together. Things have been put into perspective here for us. Of course, I’m happy with how the time trial went, but really the atmosphere here is sad and everyone’s hearts are with those affected down in Nice. It’s a special place for me also, close to my home base, and I can’t image what those people are going through down there.”

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

“We did as much as we could today. I think I fared well today; obviously, it was nowhere near to Dumoulin’s fantastic performance, but I kept the same line of the main GC contenders but Froome and Mollema. We’re still committed to the work we were supposed to do in this Tour de France. I feel satisfied: I showed again that I’ve improved in the TTs and got used to the new Canyon pretty easily – there’s nothing I can complain about today, just hope for Nairo to finish this off well.”

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

“I gave everything that was inside me. Wind was blowing so hard in the beginning that it seemed logical that, with my weight and body form, I would be losing more time against the other GC guys. In the finale, my legs responded better and I got back some time. I kept jush pushing on full steam, all the time, but it was just that I responded better into the second half of the TT; the gusts really hit me in the beginning. I’m trailing by quite a bit in the overall, but I hope that my legs get better. There’s still a lot of mountains to come and I hope I can recover some.”

Richie Porte (BMC)

“I couldn’t hear anything on the radio. It was so windy out there and I didn’t know what the times were out there. It hurt like hell, to be honest, and yesterday, with the motor bike doesn’t help either. I’m a little bit sore, it’s disappointing. I’m sure the race is not over yet.”

Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)

“The time trial is not my speciality and I think out of everyone here I’m probably one of the weakest. I gave it my absolute maximum out there and I think I did an ok job to finish with the time I got, I did my best so that’s all I can do.”

“This is all part of a great experience because I haven’t been in this position before so we keep approaching the race day by day and I’m learning something new everyday. Myself and the team will keep on trying our best for the rest of the race and now we all need to recover before tomorrow’s stage.”

Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo)

“It was like the other days, it was hard. I worked a lot in the last few days for the team for Bauke in the wind, but I did the maximum I could all the same today. I’ll try to recover for tomorrow, there’ll be a lot of wind again. It’s a very special time trial because you start with climb straightaway. You don’t usually have a 7k climb in a TT. Then with the wind after the climb it’s tough. There are technical parts too but the wind is the more difficult aspect. The most important thing is to have the legs.”

Tejay van Garderen (BMC)

“My time trial was about average. It wasn’t one of the best ones I’ve ever had but the Tour de France is about consistency so I’ll just keep chipping away. Hopefully throughout the third week if I can move up a couple of more places then we’ll be sitting in a good place in Paris.”