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TDF #11 : Tripple for Backaert and team

TDF #11 : Tripple for Backaert and team

In the eleventh stage of the Tour de France, the sprinters had a last chance before entering the Pyrenees. Frederik Backaert was part of the breakaway for the third time since the Grand Départ. In the company of Bodnar and Marcato, Backy lifted up his kilometers in front to more than 550. Backaert and Marcato were caught with 20 kilometers to go. Bodnar was caught just before the finish line where Kittel took his fifth victory. Pieter Vanspeybrouck knocked again on the door of top 10 with an 11th spot. Because of good placings of Smith (14th), Pasqualon (17th), Van Keirsbulck (20th) and Offredo (23rd), Wanty-Groupe Gobert won the team's classification for the third time!

Frederik Backaert:

"I spoke to Marcato before the stage and therefore I was ideally placed in his wheel when he attacked. Bodnar quickly closed the gap. He made a strong impression underway and took long turns. In the final, Bodnar accelerated just after my long turn. Marcato was sitting back and then it was over. I've been able to show myself again and that's important. A satisfying day as I also take some prize money and we win the team classification again. But I do not understand why no more teams join the breakaway. Their sponsors can not be satisfied? Enfin, yesterday there were two riders in front, today three: there is  an improvement. »

Pieter Vanspeybrouck:

«Bouhanni was about to catch up with another rider and I had to brake. I could forget the top 10. Guillaume (Van Keirsbulck) protected me very well throughout the day. One of the coming days I want to join the breakaway. Maybe tomorrow, but it promises to be a long day and the explosive stage of Friday will be very heavy. In any case, I still feel good after 11 days of competition. »