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Tony Gallopin takes the yellow jersey

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14/07/2014

Tony Gallopin fulfilled his yellow dream today. In the stage from Gérardmer to Mulhouse the Frenchman attacked and rode towards yellow. The stage win was for Tony Martin. Gallopin can now begin the stage on 14 juillet, the French national holiday, in yellow!

Tony Gallopin: "After the cobblestone stage I started thinking about today's stage and the possibility to take the yellow jersey. The team gave me the freedom to join a breakaway. Although that wasn't easy. It took a while before we had a sufficient gap. I didn't have a super day, but I knew it was possible to close the gap on Nibali. I responded to all attacks, because I didn't want to miss the break of the day."

"There was nothing to do against Tony Martin. When the stage win was gone, I had to go full to enlarge the gap with the peloton. When I started believing in it? When we reached the top of the Grand Ballon, the last climb of the day, with five minutes lead I knew yellow was within my reach. Luckily the guys of Europcar cooperated, they rode for their leader Rolland, to take time on the peloton."

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"There's a big difference between dream and reality. But my dream came true. This is a fantastic feeling I will cherish for a long time. It's amazing to wear the yellow jersey on Bastille Day. Tomorrow it will definitely be a tough stage to La Planche des Belles Filles. I will feel today's efforts and those of the past days. I have a minimal lead on Nibali, but I have nothing to lose. My yellow dream is fulfilled and I will enjoy it tomorrow."

 

At Ridley, we immediately started with the production of a yellow frame for Gallopin. CEO Jochim Aerts, together with some co-workers, started preparing the frame while the design was being made. They put on the decals, painted and wrapped the frame. Than the frame was picked up by another colleague who drove to France. There the Lotto-Belisol mechanics assembled it. Less than 18 hours after winning the stage, Gallopin has a yellow bike ready to start the stage on 14 juillet!

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