Stage 6 – Post Race Quotes

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01-pagliarini.jpgLuciano Pagliarini (BRA), First Place, Stage 6
Saunier Duval-Scott

On his win:
“I am very happy for my win, but it is not as good, considering the circumstances. It is good for my overall standings. I am so sorry for (Mark) Cavendish. I know High Road must be very disappointed.”

On today’s race:
“There was a lot of confusion during last kilometer, but during the breakaway, it was easy because I had a teammate in the front. I was ready for the sprint. This win was good for us.”

On representing Brazil:
“I’m so happy for Brazil. We need to show the world that we play more than just soccer; I hope to show them at the Olympics. I carry the Brazilian flag with me because I am proud. Brazil has so many riders and teams, and we are starting to be noticed. This win was very important, not only for me, but my country.”

Levi Leipheimer (USA), General Classification Leader
Astana

On today’s race:
“It’s sweet to be near the prize, but it’s never over until we cross the finish line. I think today’s race went exactly how I imagined it. I was confident that (David) Millar would try to do something in the end. I tried to look for him; I had Chris (Horner) go up to the front to close the gap. It just shows how strong the team really is.”

05-levi.jpgOn his team:
“I think the team is great; they rode very well today. They were very attentive in the beginning, so they got to the group right away. We figured that, in the end, it would be down to the teams with good sprinters. Our team came to the front and closed the gap. The team has done a lot of work and we’ll continue to see it through to the end.”

“Certainly we are tired; everyone is tired. We had a brutal day the other day, racing for nearly seven hours in the rain, but these guys have done this before. They have spent time on the front and have the experience and strength; they can do it.”

On tomorrow’s race:

“There is a big climb tomorrow, but I think we have shown that we have the best team for the mountains, which gives us confidence. I feel very confident that our team can control the race and get to the circuits. We’ll need to pay attention when we get into Pasadena.”

“We need to mentally prepare for weather tomorrow; it could be a miserable day. I think we are going to have to watch all the dangerous riders, no matter what. We are not the only team that can climb, but I’m confident we’ll be able to follow any dangerous attacks. If there is a split, hopefully we’ll be able to get it back together.

On the importance of the Amgen Tour of California:
“This race is the best in the world right now; it has the best riders. I think the important thing for cycling and for the communities throughout California is the race itself. It’s a great show with a ton of support. I feel privileged and proud to be the guy who has led the race for the past couple of years. I feel privileged to be that person, but I’ve worked hard to earn that. The main thing for cycling in the U.S. is the race itself and the caliber of the peloton. I think that says a lot.”

On up-and-coming talent:

“I think Gesink is a huge talent. He raced here last year and it was his first race as a professional. He was one of two riders to go over the Sierra Rd. climb with me. There are plenty of strong American riders. The important thing for these riders is that they are in this race and gaining valuable experience, riding against these world-class cyclists. From this, they’ll be able to go on and compete on a higher level.”

Juan Jose “J.J.” Haedo (ARG), Second Place, Stage 6
Team CSC

“It was a lot tougher out there than it should have been. I thought I would pull it off today, but tomorrow is another day and we’re all hungry.”

Paolo Bettini (ITA), Third Place, Stage 6
Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30

On tomorrow’s race:
“I’m hoping we’ll have better luck tomorrow for a win. If it snows, that’s okay; we’ll try to find a way.”

On racing in California:
“It is simple to enjoy racing here in California. Look around you, there is beauty in every place.”

02-sutherland.jpgRory Sutherland (AUS), Tachyon Most Aggressive Jersey Leader
HealthNet Presented by Maxxis

On today’s race:
“We dealt with headwinds pretty much the whole way. I am lucky to have a great team that works hard together. I think this race has a good selection of teams. My guys worked; everyone worked hard the whole day. It was a bit strange to be picked up that close to the finish line; we didn’t think we’d get there. You can’t stop believing. If you stop believing you can’t make it, you may as well just pull over and stop. You never know what is going to happen, you have to keep going and hang on to hope. For us and our sponsor, who sponsored Stage 7, it is a big win.”

On tomorrow’s climb:
“I’m Australian and its summer right now, so I’m hoping for snow, so we don’t have to climb that mountain!”

Robert Gesink (NED), Union Bank Best Young Rider Jersey Leader
Rabobank

On tomorrow’s climb:
“I’ll be ready to eat a lot in Pasadena. I hear the food there is better than in most of the U.S. The food is also a great reason to come to participate in the Amgen Tour of California.”

Scott Nydam (USA), California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains Leader
Team BMC

On today’s race:

“I was able to pick up a couple of points on the second KOM. During the first KOM, a little group was off front and I was in a bad position, but for the second KOM, I moved up the right side and Alex (Moos) led me up for whatever points I could get after that. From there, that’s the move that established the break, but I couldn’t stay with them. I got some separation over the top of the climb due to the lack of attention, but then came back to the peloton.”

On keeping the California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains Leader Jersey:
“The word I got from management is that it’s pretty certain I could secure jersey tomorrow. In order to keep the jersey, you need to either get points yourself or have the right people gobble them up. The whole process is quite humbling. If you add up the total number of points that my teammates have, it adds up. The KOM Jersey truly is a team jersey and I couldn’t have done it without these guys.”

On tomorrow’s race:
“I like the layout for tomorrow’s race. It gives you the best of both worlds, great point-to-point racing and circuit laps where you can feel the energy of the crowd. Circuit laps have a pretty exciting atmosphere when you roll into town and go around the course with everyone cheering. I think it’s good because it gives people a chance to actually see the race. It’s a nice balance between point-to-point and circuits.”

03-rollin.jpgDominique Rollin (CAN), Herablife Sprint Jersey Leader
Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team

On today’s race:
“With one kilometer to go, I relied on my teammates. I think maybe my inexperience with such a high level sprint made me react a little too early; I started to sprint too soon. Suddenly the gap was closed, so then my goal became to just keep the (Herbalife Sprint) jersey as part of the team, which paid off.”

On retaining the Herbalife Sprint Jersey:
“The air smells better up here on the podium; I wouldn’t mind staying.”

On the Amgen Tour of California:
“I hope to come back, even with the bad weather, which I don’t mind. It is really an amazing tour. There is a really unique camaraderie between the riders here; it is different than the rest.”

Fred Rodriguez (USA)
Rock Racing

“Coming into the last two laps, I had Mario (Cipollini) in front of me and (Mark) Cavendish in front of him. Cavendish swerved and took out Mario. I had nowhere to go, so I basically t-boned Mario and then went head first into the pavement.”

Mario Cipollini (ITA)
Rock Racing

“It is no fun when you crash in the last 10 kilometers and have to chase back. After I made it back, I was in good position in the last 200 meters, but my body and right leg was stiff from the crash. I am doing okay and tomorrow is one more chance to try and get a win.”

Andrew Messick, President, AEG Sports
Presenter of the Amgen Tour of California

On the race overall:
“We could not have hoped for a better set-up going into tomorrow’s final day in Pasadena. These cyclists have given their all over the past couple of days. It has been really amazing to watch. The combination of world-class cyclists and a more challenging course has allowed us to showcase the best of the best to America.”

Jim Birrell, Director, Amgen Tour of California
On today’s incident involving Mark Cavendish (GBR) of High Road:
“With two laps to go, Mark (Cavendish) and three Rock Racing riders (Mario Cipollini, Fred Rodriguez and Doug Ollerenshaw) crashed, and based on what officials saw, Mark hung onto a car for an extended period of time. The incident was not contested, it was brought to our attention by the Chief Commissaire. Cavendish was fined 20 seconds and relegated to the back of the pack. It is unfortunate because he is young and he put in a good effort today. We had a great day today and look forward to another great race tomorrow.”

Photos by Stephanie Gutowski

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.



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