Today was the 10th stage of Tour de France with a 161km route between Aurillac and Carmaux.
The French rider of Astana Team, Remy Di Gregorio, went in the breakaway of the day "I hadn’t planned to go on a breakaway today, but I’ve had this opportunity, so I went in! I knew we wanted to have someone in the lead today, we thought it would go till the finish, after the rest day, some riders are often tired, so it is likely not to be taken. "
But about 15km from the finish in the ascent of the Côte de Mirandol Bourgnounac fourth category) the 6 leading men are caught "I think there were missing a few riders in the break, if there had been a rider from Lampre or HTC, we'd be been till the finish. When I saw we had a 50 seconds gap at 20km from the finish, I knew it would not go to the end and I didn’t want to loose too much strength before the mountain stages which is my favourite land. Honestly when I went in this breakaway, I thought the course would be more accidental with more opportunity to make a difference. But hey, you're on Tour de France, you must try! "
The Astana team has lost its leader, Alexandre Vinokourov, the strategy has evolved, "Yes, totally, the whole strategy was based on him, I myself joined the Astana team to work in the service of Alexandre. I know all the sacrifices he made, the efforts he has endured and all his workouts far away from his family. I was at his side, we prepared together, and I think he was in very good shape, we could have done a wonderful Tour! Now he is in the hospital, we know that he watches us on TV, and for him, we need to ride in an offensive way, to boost the race in his honor! "