Tour Alsace - Et.  4: Reactions - News

Tour Alsace – Et. 4: Reactions – News

Artur Klukers (Leopard Pro Cycling) won this Saturday the fourth stage of the Tour Alsace (2.2), contested over 169.5 kilometers between Kembs and Altkirch (Haut-Rhin). He overtook Nicolas Debeaumarché (St-Michel-Auber 93) and Jesse Kramer (Jumbo-Visma Development Team).
Finlay Pickering (Groupama-FDJ Continental) retains the yellow and white leader’s jersey (see the ranking).

Find below all reactions collected by DirectVelo.

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Portrait of Jesse Kramer

3rd on stage

My teammate (Colby Simmons, Editor’s Note) was in the breakaway, which was quite large. I jumped to join him. No one reacted so it was perfect. So we went out to ten guys. The arrangement was good until the last climb. By this time there were at least ten kilometers to go, but everything was very fluid.

Finally one guy set the pace for the sprint and I got passed, I followed those guys, passed two but there were always two ahead who were stronger. I like this kind of arrival, it suits me very well. In the end, I think we did well. There were only two other boys who were stronger. It was a very hard day, but we made it. This is my first year with Espoirs, so I think I can be satisfied. This is my best result of the season. I’m a strong sprinter, as we saw today (Saturday) “.

Portrait of Finley PICKERING

General leader

“I wasn’t really afraid of someone else taking the yellow jersey because I’m surrounded by a really strong team. The boys are working hard and they did great again today (Saturday). No stress with this team, they are great. I think in a bike race everyone wants to keep a relatively small gap until the breakaway to have a chance of winning the stage. Everyone started rolling as we approached the two or three minute gap.

A few British guys from Hagens Berman Axeon helped me a bit, but mostly my team helped me. Ruben (Thompson), Joe (Pidcock), Romain (Gregoire), Samuel (Watson) and Lawrence (Peetty) were very strong, they paved the way for me to the yellow jersey. Hats off to them, I really appreciated them.

In the last 100 meters I crashed and then had a problem with the bike when I started again. Luckily I didn’t hurt myself so I’ll be able to tackle the final leg tomorrow (Sunday). We’ll see tomorrow, but so far so good. Tomorrow’s stage will of course be difficult, we will have to fight, but I have confidence in my teammates and I hope we will come out of it in a good way”.

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