It was not easy to sprint

Davide Ballerini in the bold leader's jersey.

"It was not easy to sprint. Démare really knew how to turn on strongly and quickly grab a few meters. There was a lot of wind in the final. I ran out of space on the left side of the road, so I had to go to the right. In the end, I managed to find some space. Julian rode very strong. He showed today that he has good legs for the toughest stage of this round. Whether I go for a classification? No, I will be released on the Ventoux. 

We have Julian for the GC."

-Davide Ballerini wins stage 1 Tour de la Provence and Deceuninck-QuickStep's first victory of the season.


Stage 1 results