Ben O’Connor : « That’s something, we can be proud of all together. »
« I thought maybe I’d get back to them. I still had legs. I never exploded. It’s just that I couldn’t go with the first accelerations. But I can be super proud. Jonas Vingegaard was second in the Tour last year, Primoz won the Vuelta a couple of times; he’s won pretty much every other stage race, so it just means you are there fighting with the best guys. I can be really proud today. It’s a race, you just go all in. You have to race with your heart and just go all in. I think if you try to keep something in reserve, you’re never going to find that absolute form to find the best result. You definitely can’t hold anything back. It’s everything that we’ve done as a team. All the preparation and all the confidence that the boys have shown in me has paid off, and I think we’re really not that far away from fighting with the actually very best in the world. And that’s something we can be proud of all together.»[/su_quote]
With his third place in the general classification of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Ben O’Connor stepped onto the final podium of a UCI WorldTour stage race for the first time. Note that this season, with the exception of Paris-Nice which he abandoned due to illness, Ben O’Connor has never finished lower down than seventh place. He won the Tour du Jura, and finished 5th in the Tour de Romandie, 6th in La Besançon Classic and the Volta a Catalunya, and 7th in the Ruta del Sol.
Clément Berthet 17th in stage 1 of the Tour de Suisse
Clément Berthet took 17th place in the first stage of the Tour de Suisse. He is sixth in the best young rider classification.