Ben O'Connor: "I can finish on the podium
"I didn't manage to catch Roglic's wheel when he attacked. It's a bit frustrating because at the end I didn't lose much more than the gap he made at that moment. He was the strongest, there's nothing to say. But I am satisfied because I have never been so close to him. There is real progress. There is still one stage left, I can finish on the podium. I'm really happy to be fighting with the best. It bodes well for the Tour de France."[/su_quote]
Ben O'Connor moved up six places in the overall standings on stage seven. Ninth at the start in Saint-Chaffrey, he is now third.
Aurélien Paret Painter has already won at Plateau de Solaison
Originally from Annemasse, Aurélien Paret Peintre will climb the Solaison plateau for the second time tomorrow in competition. The first one goes back to 2014, when he was a junior during the cyclosportive La Faucigny-Glières... which he had won. "I'm doing much better and I've recovered well from my fall. It's positive. I am very happy for Ben. Tomorrow, the stage will be difficult. The climb is even longer, which should suit him," he said.