Omar Fraile takes absolutely stunning victory in Mende atop Côte de la Croix Neuve. Astana Pro Team rider made a strong attack on the bottom of 3-km-long climb firstly to reach the solo rider Jasper Stuyven and later to pass him for his debut win at the Tour de France.
It is amazing, absolutely incredible! I can’t believe! For me it was a dream to win a stage at the Tour. And now this dream comes true! Last year I won a stage at the Giro and now I repeat my success at the Tour. Already yesterday I felt quite good and today I was motivated to go in a breakaway to try to fight for the stage. I knew it would be difficult, especially because the group was really big. On the final climb there was a head wind, but I found a moment for attack and just did my best to come in front and to hold my advantage until the finish line. This victory is so important for me, but also for my family and my friends! – said super happy Omar Fraile after finish.
– We were wearing today the black ribbons to honor Denis Ten. It is a very sad story for the whole world of sport and this victory I dedicate all people of Kazakhstan, – added Omar Fraile.