2016 Tour Down Under: Stage 1 Quotable Quotes

By Jamie Finch-Penninger?? @FishysCP

Caleb Ewan, 1st (Orica-Greenedge) ?

?This is the biggest win for my year so far. Obviously it?s only my 2nd World Tour win, so it felt good to get it, especially on home soil as well. It was probably the easiest day on paper out of all the stages, bar the last one. But they?re never really easy, towards the end it was super fast and super hard. It?s a real quality field, the guys who are here have all beaten Kittel, Greipel and Cav. So just because the big names aren?t here it doesn?t mean the sprint isn?t super fast. It?s a pretty big confidence boost, it?s exactly what I need going into the season.?

?I reckon tomorrow? I don?t have any ambition to keep the jersey, we?re going for the overall with Simon and I don?t know what the plan is, but I?m sure we?ll be trying to get him a few seconds.?


Sean Lake, Mountains Jersey wearer (UniSA) ?

?It was a really tough day, especially the heat was the main factor. I think being an Aussie gave me an advantage there, being in the heat all summer. I saw the other guys there were sweating heaps and just had salt all over their clothes and looked really tired. I was biding my time throughout the day, it was a shame that the peloton were keeping it in close check, so that when it was time for me to go I only had 50 seconds to work with which was never going to be enough.?


?Today went pretty much to plan, obviously perfect would have been if I?d stayed out there, but I?m stoked with today. There were a few guys designated to go in the break and if the break went I?d be going for it.?


Alexis Gougeard, in the break, (AG2R-La Mondiale) ?

?Today it was really hard for me with the wind, there were only three of us and it was a long day. At the end I found it too hard to stay with the young Australian and I dropped back to the peloton. It was hard to breathe with the heat and the humidity, we did have a lot of water from the team car and Shimano so that was good support.?

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