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Carlos Rodríguez: “There is a tough stage left and we are going to try”

Carlos Rodríguez: "There is a tough stage left and we are going to try"

The podium moves away for Carlo Rodríguez, who saw how Adam Yates, his great rival for the third drawer of Paris. Before Courchevel, the man from Granada was five seconds behind the Briton, and yesterday he was 1:19 behind. A priori, only Saturday’s stage remains to be able to cut an advantage that the Ineos does not consider definitive. “I don’t give up on the podium, this is the Tour, a very tough race in which even Tadej Pogacar, one of the strongest, You may have a bad day, as you saw. You never know who can fail, I hope it’s not me,” said Carloswho at 22 years old already stressed days ago that, whatever happened, the Tour would be a success for him with what he has achieved so far.

“It was a very tough stage from the beginning, especially after we gave up everything in time trial. For my part, I had the option of bursting, it was a day to suffer, to bow my head, but the team was tenminimizing the loss with the front group and then setting a high pace behind to do as much damage as possible”, explained the rookie, who entered the finish line in 15th place. In addition, he sees how another Yates, Simon, squeezes him from behind. Adam’s brother is fifth, 18 seconds behind the Spaniard.

“Adam Yates was very strong. I tried to do my best, I have to be happy because I left everything at the finish line”, concluded the man from Almuñécar. Another Spaniard, Pello Bilbao, continues to resist in the leading positions. This Wednesday he was third, ahead of Vingegaard, after being on the run. He ascends to sixth place overall. “We will see if the ceiling is to keep me where I am or I can improve it”, said the one from Bahrain. Of the first eight overall, seven have won a stage this year, which speaks of the level.

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