Sphere satisfied after third place: ‘Good feeling prevails, there are still opportunities to come’

In Nice he was in the lead in the last hundreds of meters, but it was not enough to stay ahead of Alexander Kristoff and Mads Pedersen in the end. It didn’t diminish the sprinter’s satisfaction after the first day of the Tour. “The good feeling prevails, also because there will be more chances.”

‘Bit unfortunate, but satisfied

“I could take the sprint from afar myself, that’s my strength too, I think”, the 25-year-old Bol reacted. “Our goal was really to do it ourselves, we knew we were close. Unfortunately not, a bit of a pity, but in general I’m very satisfied.”

Watch the sprint here, won by Kristoff:

Kristoff saw Bol going on and followed the Dutchman. “I was in Peter Sagan’s wheel and when I saw Bol, I tried to follow him. He started quite early and when I saw that he was falling back, I went on. At the end I was the strongest, an unbelievable feeling”, cheered the Norwegian.

Kristoff won two tours in 2014 and triumphed on the Champs-Elysées in 2018. He never wore the yellow jersey before. “That means a lot to me and my career. I am 33 years old and I can still perform. I am very happy with that.”

Bol debuted in the pro peloton last year and won three sprints ahead of the Tour of 2019, including a stage in the Tour of California. He then got a spot in the Tour selection after the loss of Tom Dumoulin, who had to stay home at the time due to his long knee injury.

Bols best performance in last year’s Tour was a fourth place. In the third week his team took him out of the Tour after a fall to avoid overload.

Bol knows he can do even better

That danger is not lurking this year, because of the corona crisis the number of match days is very limited. “It was a bit of a question mark how my form would be, I didn’t cost much. It went well in training sessions, but that’s always different.”

“There are some things I know I can do better,” says Bol. “If we can do that and I can do it myself five more times, then maybe someday we can do it.”