08 July 2023

Tour de France (Stage 8) : Matîs Louvel 11th

Between Libourne and Limoges, Anthony Delaplace spent almost 160 kilometers in the breakaway. Matîs Louvel took 11th place in the sprint.

Photos Fred Machabert

Matîs Louvel

“It was a sprint ‘à la patte’ as they say, without too much suction. The finish was hard and nervous, but I had good legs. I negotiated the last climb well, and it was all uphill. Warren helped me a lot. I had good legs, but Luca wasn’t feeling very well, as he told me quite early on. I prepared myself mentally, it was hard, and I hurt myself quite a bit. I’ve had a good feeling since the start of the Tour, and I hope to build on that in the next few stages.”

Anthony Delaplace

“The start was fast, a lot of riders wanted to go, the big teams were involved. I felt he had a chance. I went out with two big rouleurs. It’s been a tough day, and my legs are aching tonight, so I’ll have to recuperate well. But I’ll try my luck again on this Tour de France”.