Home / 2023 / Felix Gall wins the 17th stage of the Tour de France
"I don't have the words"
"It's incredible. I'm at a loss for words. Since the beginning of the year, I've been happy with what I've achieved. To perform in the Tour de France and win the queen stage... it's fabulous.
After taking over the leadership role, I concentrated every day on doing the best I could. It was stressful, but I felt really good every day, and even better since the start of the third week.
I didn't think the breakaway was going to fight for victory today, but I wanted to anticipate a little. Nans (Peters) and Ben (O'Connor) did a great job. I waited for the big climbs and decided to give it my all. In the final, I was afraid of being caught again, but I managed to hold on - what a joy!
I want to say thank you to the AG2R CITROËN team. It has given me so much since last year."
"Felix was extraordinary
"I feel very proud. We shared a great moment of happiness with all those who work all year long to achieve such performances, whether in the field or in the race department, and with our partners who have supported us faithfully for a long time.
Felix was extraordinary. This stage revealed a great rider. We knew of his talent, which we helped to nurture. We manage to find riders who bring us great joy.
Ben O'Connor did an extraordinary job in maintaining the gap to the yellow jersey. Before that, Nans Peters had done a colossal job. The whole team contributed to this victory. These are unique moments.
Bruno Angles, General Manager of AG2R LA MONDIALE
"A phenomenal team effort".
"Congratulations to Felix Gall on his magnificent stage win in Courchevel! It's a testament to phenomenal teamwork, Ben O'Connor's remarkable spirit of self-sacrifice and Felix Gall's exceptional climbing skills.
Thank you to him for making us dream, first by winning the polka-dot jersey on stage 5, and then today with his dazzling victory on the most beautiful stage of the Tour 2023! Together we're stronger and we won't give up", says Bruno Angles, General Manager of AG2R LA MONDIALE.
Thierry Koskas, Citroën General Manager
"What a great victory! The team once again showed its fighting spirit and unwavering solidarity, and Félix Gall put in a fantastic performance to win solo on one of the Tour de France's most demanding stages."
Still winning the Tour de France since 2020
Felix Gall's victory is the 22nd for the AG2R CITROËN team in the Tour de France.
Since 2020, the team has always won a stage in the Tour, with Nans Peters (2020), Ben O'Connor (2021), Bob Jungels (2022) and Felix Gall (2023).
The victory of Felix Gall, who also won stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse, is the seventh for the AG2R CITROËN team this season.
Aurélien Paret-Peintre won stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia and stage 3 of the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, Nans Peters the Trofeo Laigueglia, Dorian Godon the Flèche Brabançonne and Greg Van Avermaet the Boucles de l'Aulne.
Felix Gall climbs to 8th place overall and is second in the best climber classification, 6 points behind the leader.
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