A series of bad luck on stage 10 of the Tour de France put paid to NTT Pro Cycling’s chances of scoring a result in a chaotic day of racing.
Edvald Boasson Hagen was involved in a crash while Ryan Gibbons had mechanical problems inside the final 20km, as did Max Walscheid at a most unfortunate point as the peloton sped for home.
Walscheid, thanks to the help of his teammates, was able to get back to the front of the bunch to position himself to attempt to contest the sprint but ultimately the earlier effort required to do so took its toll.
It was a difficult race with a very difficult parcours and a lot of stress in the bunch. But I think that we stayed pretty cool and I got pretty good support from the guys. Unfortunately I suffered a mechanical in the final as my rear derailleur ripped off and and I had to change bikes but I came back and then got a little bit mixed up in the chaos.
You needed to stay in the front the whole day with a lot of corners, a lot of accelerating. Michael Gogl and Michael Valgren did a good job in bringing me to, and holding me at the front so I was in quite a good position onto the bridge. Unfortunately just before that I had the mechanical but that wasn’t in our hands but I could still get back so that’s pretty good I guess.
Edvald Boasson Hagen
It was quite hectic and the team were sitting well together, working well, and suddenly there was a lot of bikes and obstacles in front of me and I went down unfortunately.
I’m quite okay, just some scratches and sore muscles. Everything is okay and hopefully it’s a good day tomorrow.