First win for AG2R since Jean Gradet in 2011
"It's amazing. I haven't realized it yet. I have now won my first victory among the pros, and in a Grand Tour. It's magical. Eight of us escaped on the first climb. I ended up in a group with a bunch of big names, but I didn't let myself get too excited. I did my best to stay fresh for the final kilometres. And then I really focused at the end. I attacked only once with about 15 kilometres to go to the finish, and then I managed my effort well. With 1.5 kilometres to go to the line, I realized it was going to be enough. This win give us the chance to continue on a good note."
- Nans Peters