Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – stage winner and race leader

That one was for the boys, the big guys who’ve been riding on the front all day. They’ve had a couple of tough days, always riding on the front on some really long stages. That’s for those guys.

From the beginning of the stage today, we were always thinking that if we kept the breakaway just close enough then it might be possible for the stage. Once Astana showed some interest in the stage also, then I thought it was possible. You never know deep into the final.

It was a very difficult day, it could have been a bad day. Chris crashed yesterday, and maybe he’s affected by that.

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) – 11th overall

I was having a tough, tough day. I’ve definitely had a rough start to this Giro. So today I was just trying hang on as best I could, obviously make it to the rest day tomorrow and then reevaluate the position from there.

Nicolas Portal (Team Sky) – directeur sportif

I heard that it was 1:07 that [Chris Froome] lost on the winner of the stage. That for sure is not perfect. He was looking good the last couple of days but we have to stay optimistic. We have two long weeks coming up and hopefully, we have some better days.

Let’s hope he has a good rest day and that we can quickly forget this stage.

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) – 15th overall

Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)

Matt White (Mitchelton-Scott) – directeur sportif

Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)

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