Not to take anything away from the stage victory from the talented Tadej Pogacar. Marc Hirschi deserves kudos for his brilliant solo march towards Laruns.
"I feel pretty sad, I was so close. On the last climb I did really believe I could go for the win, they came so fast. But then at the end to be beat so close in the sprint... yeah, I'm pretty sad. I knew my victory on this stage was not up to me, but to the peloton. I could only focus on my pacing.
I went full gas on the descent. With three kilometres to go, my team car told me to wait for the guys, try for a bit of recovery and beat them in the sprint. But just.. just.. Pogacar was strong in the sprint."
- Marc Hirschi.