″ When I woke up in the morning I was surprised … ″

Cyclist Rúben Guerreiro wants to rekindle the desire to win the Tour

Rúben Guerreiro, the happy winner of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, wants to extend his desire to win the Tour de France on a bicycle, where he will raise his arm as happened today at the top of the legendary French climb.

“Today, when I woke up in the morning, I was amazed. The Dauphiné ran so hard, it was hard to recover so fast. I found I could have my day and I tried to pass it on to the team,” he began. in a report in Portuguese from EF Education- Easy Post to the Lusa agency, hours after he was crowned winner of the fourth edition of the French competition.

Two days after finishing ninth overall in the Dauphiné Criteria, Guerreiro was first at the top of the legendary Mont Ventoux, completing the 154-kilometer race, which started from Vaison-la-Romain, in in 4: 32.35 hours, and left the Colombian Esteban. Chaves, his teammate, was in second place, with 53 seconds, and Australian Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ) for third, with 1.28 minutes.

“Esteban was also very good and we controlled the race. At the beginning of the climb I felt really good, attacking, I was always confident I could keep that speed. Esteban was also in the back, which gave us a break. a lot of peace. mind, and that’s why I climbed all these miles, with a lot of pain. It was really fun to win, “the 27 -year -old runner concluded.

The Giro2020 mountain king hasn’t “tasted” a win since the ninth round of this corsa rosa series and now he’s thinking only of writing more lines in his history, if possible he’s already in of the Tour de France, which begins. in Copenhagen (Denmark), on July 1, and ending in Paris, the 24th of the same month.

“The focus is on the Tour. This year – like every year – I worked hard and always wanted to gamble on the Tour. I’m going to go to a higher level to be stronger on the Tour”, he declared.

After a trip in which he once again demonstrated the strength of the climb, Guerreiro, known to sports fans as the “Pegões cowboy”, referring to his homeland, makes no secret that “the goal is to win stages”.

“And that’s what I’m trying to do on the Tour, try to win a stage. But with a strong desire to win and try to do as much as possible. We also don’t know how the process of Going Denmark and the pavement is, so we walk a little bit every day, ”he hoped.

The EF Education-Easy Post cyclist had a period of ups and downs, recovering from various accidents, such as the Liège-Bastogne-Liège crash, shortly after finishing seventh in the classics Another Belgian, the Flèche Wallonne, and also left the Tyrrhenians. -Adriatic.

Prior to his arrival at this race, his participation in the Critério do Dauphiné, a dance hall for the Grande Boucle, announced that he was in good health, being fourth in the third round and fifth in the eighth and last, ninth in the overall conclusion.

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