Thomas De Gendt renews his contract for two years with Lotto Soudal
“It was so obvious for me. It never entered my mind to change teams. Why should I?”, Thomas De Gendt said.
One of the best escapees of the peloton took the win in the eighth stage of the Tour de France today. After riding a whole day in the breakaway, Thomas De Gendt accelerated at fourteen kilometres from the finish line and left his fellow escapee De Marchi behind. Alaphilippe and Pinot came very close, but De Gendt managed to keep the two behind him.
Thomas De Gendt: "We really wanted to have someone in the breakaway today. The first attack in the peloton was the right one to form the break of the day and it was pretty easy to be part of it. Strange, because I was expecting a lot more fighting. Together with three other riders, I escaped, but the peloton never gave us much space. As for me, you don't need a lot of advantage on this parcours; you just need to ride smart."
"After a while, I only had De Marchi by my side, so we had to give it our all to compete for the victory and we did. At 70 kilometres of the finish line, I decided to go solo, but as we got closer to the end, I was told that Alaphilippe and Pinot were in the chase. I know that especially Alaphilippe is a great descender, so I had to give everything I got. Because I was using almost the last energy I had left, I almost had to throw up, but luckily I didn’t break!”
“Of course, I was hoping they wouldn’t come back, but even if that would have happened, I think I still would have had a chance. Possibly Pinot and Alaphilippe would just look at each other for the general classification and if so, I could take advantage of it.”
“I think this is my best performance ever. I prefer this victory even more than the one on the Mont Ventoux. I had a real great day and almost miraculous legs. If I need a massage later on? No, that’s not really my cup of tea.”