For a couple of moments after the end on the best of Los angeles Planche des Belles Filles on degree 6 of the Excursion de France on Thursday, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) concept he had completed moment at the degree and was once additionally moment within the total classification, nonetheless a couple of seconds in the back of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Then his day and his lifestyles were given grew to become the other way up right away, when it was once showed he had taken the race chief’s yellow jersey via six seconds due to the six-second time bonus he secured for moment position at the degree.
“I wasn’t glad to be moment at the degree and in addition be informed that I used to be moment at the GC, too, however then I heard that I used to be within the yellow jersey. It was once an incredible second. That is my first Excursion de France, however now the whole lot has modified for me, ” Ciccone defined, brimming with happiness in a brilliant, freshly ironed yellow jersey.
“To be fair, my objective was once the degree, and I concerned about that. We knew I misplaced a large number of time at the highway and so I gave it concerned about the degree at the climb to the end. Dylan Teuns was once the most powerful, and I used to be upset for degree end result, however I used to be paid again for my efforts with the yellow jersey,” he stated.
“When I used to be boy I watched the Giro d’Italia and Excursion de France on tv, and so it feels so unusual for me to be in yellow. I watched Contador and Schleck combat it out on the Excursion and Nibali on the Giro d’Italia. I love Purito Rodriguez too, for the way he rode at the steep climbs.”
Ciccone gave the impression in surprise to be thrust within the world biking highlight, however he is among the wonders of motorbike racing and the Excursion de France.
Ciccone – relative of singer Madonna due their shared Abruzzo roots – remains to be best 24 and best stepped as much as WorldTour degree this season with Trek-Segafredo after 3 seasons with Bardiani-CSF.
His mountaineering talents and quick-thinking race craft helped him win a Giro d’Italia degree in 2017, the 2018 Giro dell’Appennino and a degree on the 2017 Excursion of Utah. However he got here of age at this yr’s Giro d’Italia, the place he went at the assault on just about each and every mountain degree, chasing the blue king of the mountains jersey. He received it and the degree to Ponte di Legno, and that opened the door to put within the Trek-Segafredo crew for the Excursion de France.
“The Giro was once my giant objective, and I hadn’t deliberate to journey the Excursion de France. However seeing my shape, we made up our minds I might lend a hand Richie and crew and acquire some enjoy too,” he defined.
“We’ve got a plan with one crew chief, and we’re going to proceed with that plan. That may not alternate now regardless of me in yellow.
“I wish to honour the jersey, however Richie Porte remains to be our crew chief. He has excellent situation, and Bauke Mollema too after the Giro. [Friday] is a flat degree, so we will experience an afternoon within the yellow jersey and check out to stay it, however the plan is similar: to be there for Richie. I am racing daily and can proceed to do this.”