Tony Gallopin says Tour de France lead was thanks to French solidarity

Tony Gallopin gave both Lotto Belisol and French cycling a massive shot in the arm when he took the yellow jersey in Mulhouse

Tony Gallopin on stage nine of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The organisers of the Tour de France couldn’t have written the script any better with a French rider pulling on the yellow jersey the day before Bastille Day, July 14, a French national holiday when national pride swells to bursting point. Gallopin was way down overall before the start of the day but, as the best-placed rider on general classification when the winning break went, he was clear about his options.

“If I’m honest I had a little thought tucked away in my head after the pavé stage because the first priority for me here so far was to work in the sprints for Andre Greipel. It’s my first year and its my first year working in the sprint train with him and there’s a lot to learn. But I thought there were at least two stages that would possibly suit me and because I wasn’t so well-placed on the GC I thought I might have a chance to go clear.

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