The riders in the Tour de France rode their last stage through the Pyrenees today. Joaquim Rodriguez won the stage, following Christopher Froome and Rafal Majka the past two days. Styby survived the stages.
“It were three really hard days, and I’m happy that they are done”, said Styby. “I had a really bad day after the rest day, but the last two days were better. I was trying to safe some energy in the last climbs, so I always went directly in the Grupetto.”
But even there it wasn’t that easy. “Sitting in the Grupetto does not mean that you ride up quietly. On the flat parts we had to go full gas, because there is always the time limit to finish. If you don’t make it on time, you’re out of the Tour.”
“Today’s stage was again hard especially with the heat in the beginning. Fortunately it started to rain after a while. In the end it was only 10 degrees, a good refreshment”, said Styby, who is now 71th in the general classification on more than one hour of leader Froome.