Top 20 for Peron as break stays away on opening stage in Estonia

Sports Director, Gennady Mikhaylov

“We tried to follow our plans today, if a big group goes then make sure we are there, and Andrea and Declan did that when the first move went. It was just a shame that the collaboration wasn’t great between the other teams. Not long after that move came back, the second group went and unfortunately we missed it and it turned out to be the move that went all the way.”

“The final actually surprised me today, I didn’t expect the cobbles to be so tough and the incline to be so sharp and with that in mind Andrea did very well to finish in the top 20. Tomorrow’s final stage in Tartu will be hard, fast circuits and if a strong group gets away it’s going to be difficult to bring back.”

Andrea Peron (ITA)

“I feel ok to be honest, a little disappointed because Declan and I tried to keep the the first breakaway group going and it was a big, strong group, if there had been more collaboration, we could have gone all the way. So, for that not to work out and the second break be the one to stay away is quite frustrating.”

“We were recovering at that point and they gained a gap really quickly, so we didn’t have much chance to bring the race back together. That was also a strong group and it showed in the final, I wasn’t that far off in the end, 25/30 seconds and I felt surprisingly good on the cobbled climb at the end, But I can do better, and we will try again tomorrow.”

— Alice Podenzana to www.teamnovonordisk.com