On the verge of winning the green jersey2014-09-12
39 point lead with only two stages left. Valverde must finish second two times in order to catch me. Of course I hope that that doesn’t happen. I am on the verge of being able to take home the jersey a Grand Tour. Not just having worn it for one or two stages, but as the overall winner in the ranking. That would be fantastic.
Otherwise it was once again an overwhelming team performance again today. The other teams didn’t make it easy for us. We tried to hold everything together, but suddenly three men were able to ride away. That is the price you pay when you have won four stages. The other teams don’t support us any more. Only Greenedge rode with us in the finale.
But Hansen was too strong in the finale. As a team, I must say that we were surprised by the closing climb. We hadn’t really figured on it. Actually we thought there wouldn’t be anything else and there were three of us, but then it tore everything apart. So I am very satisfied with my second place, especially since it brought me more important points. I hope that now at last it is enough...