"One of the few times I smiled yesterday was during this interview. I was asked 'what are your chances of winning today?' My response; 'if I was a betting man, I wouldn't put a cent on me.' On stage 11, I was caught in a big pile-up. I managed to get a foot down, but was then hit from behind. In what initially seems like a harmless fall I ended up landing on my radio, and fractured two of my ribs.
Stage 12 was a hard one. I came into this race with lots of optimism, and with the aim of influencing its outcome. Instead this crash left me dangling at the back, regretting my unfettered optimism. If it were another race I would have abandoned. However to have been selected to race the Tour by EF Education is an honour. To be riding in the world's biggest bike race is something that has not been lost on me. Not many people in this world get the opportunity to live a dream, and for me, this dream ain't over yet."
-Mike Woods, after stage 11.
"Really my main priority here is to help Adam and today was just one of those chances to get up the road, so we'll see how we go in the next few days. We're having a fantastic Tour and long may it continue."
"Brutal stage but such a big day out there in France. I race to win, today was close again. Congrats to Simon Yates for this deserved win and thanks to my team for believing in me."
Onboard camera - Stage 12 - Tour de France 2019 - YouTube
TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY | 2019 TOUR DE FRANCE - STAGE 12 - YouTube
"Winning this stage almost makes it worthwhile leaving Australia with my wife and our newborn daughter, Lee, back home. My wife is so strong. I could never have done this without her. She's the one I really have to thank for realizing my dream."
Shot of the day
photo: Katharine Schafbauer
BACK INTO IT | 2019 TOUR DE FRANCE - STAGE 11 - YouTube
On July 18th, 1995, Fabio Casartelli disappeared after having fallen in the descent of the Col de Porter d'Aspect during the 15th stage of the Tour. He was not wearing a helmet that day.
"The bodies are tired, it is a fact that must be taken into account. We are happy to reach the rest day. The guys will go, if they want, for a little ride in the morning. It's a super demanding Tour, if a rider does not want to ride we will not ask him to."
-Yvon Ledanois DS Arkea-Samsic
Wout van Aert enjoying his win in Albi
Tour de France 2019: Leading with Rigoberto Uran – EF Gone Racing - YouTube
It has been 15 years since two Frenchmen occupies the 1st and 3rd place of the GC. In 2004; it was Thomas Voeckler and Sandy Casar.
"I had been preparing for his attack since last night. I was lucky enough to have good legs to follow him. These steps are hard, everyone clings to the limit. I'm in great shape, there are still 2 weeks left, I'm slowly moving forward."
- Thibault Pinot. 3rd on GC.
Tour de France 2019: Meet Mike Woods – EF Gone Racing - YouTube
"As a course it resembles Liege-Bastogne-Liege, we are ready."
"It was inspiring to see Tejay suffer through like that. It's also tough to watch. Here's this guy who has trained so hard, worked so hard, to go down like that and have to battle through a 230-kilometer day in that condition, it was really hard for me not to think about him all day, especially because he's my roommate."
-Mike Woods on Tejay Van Garderen's abandon on stage 7.
The longest stage and quickest finish...
Tour de France 2019: Stage seven on-bike highlights - YouTube