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"I saw that Movistar was chasing with several teams and with the other escapees we thought it was going to be complicated, so we decided with the team manager was to got for the sprints and then go for the victory."

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19.08.2015 @ 00:16 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r) got a rare chance to ride for himself when he joined the break in today's stage of the Tour du Limousin and won two intermediate sprints to move into the blue points jersey.


"In the Tour du Limousin it is often the first stage that is difficult, a little tense because it is a demanding course," he said. "It is hilly and always active. In the end there are never bog differences so it's important to be in front and try to score bonus seconds because the general classification is decided by seconds. That's what I did. What is taken, you can't lose again.


"I saw that Movistar was chasing with several teams and with the other escapees we thought it was going to be complicated, so we decided with the team manager was to got for the sprints and then go for the victory. But it did not work...


"I never thought we could go all the way, I saw that Movistar and other teams controlled behind. The plan by sports director Stéphane Goubert was to go hard for the bonus seconds if we were in front and then play the card of Quentin (Jauregui) and Samuel (Dumoulin) in the sprint. 


"To be in the the break is always good because having a rider in front means that we don't have to bear the brunt of the race. Furthermore, we are a WorldTour team so that is expected of us. I think we will try to do the same tomorrow. 


"I had a scaphoid fracture earlier this year and I have felt for several races, including the Tour of Poland, that the shape returns gradually. When I returned from injury, I always had doubts and ups and downs. It is difficult to regain the confidence of the team. I hope to make a good end of the season.


"Regarding my disc brakes, it is a choice of our sponsor Focus who wants to invest in it. For now, these are prototypes. It is in development so we try them out. I used them in the beginning, and then I changed my bike to have traditional brakes. 


"I think there are still some small adjustments to make, and that's going to come next year. Braking is the same on wet and dry roads. It's comfortable, and it can avoid surprises. The bike is also more aerodynamic because there are fewer cables. For me, it'll be one of cycling developments."



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