Stéphane Rossetto, whom the general public discovers this year because he participates, at 32, in his first Tour de France, has as much temperament on the bike as outside. The rider of the Cofidis team, accustomed to escaping rivers (and vain) since the beginning of this Great Loop, has once again opened the road, Wednesday, towards Toulouse, during the 11th stage. His (slim) hopes of victory flew to a dozen kilometers from the finish, when one of the leading quartet members, the Belgian Aimé De Gendt (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), set an acceleration to try the solo shot. What the former team BigMat-Auber moderately appreciated.
"It's worthless these guys"
The big jab of Stéphane Rossetto, furious after his companion breakaway Aimé De Gendt # TDF2019pic.twitter.com / meXIsbUTK6
"We had a great race, we tried" he was irritated in front of the cameras of France Televisions and the microphone of Europe 1. "What I say to myself, it's one day, I'll have them On the other hand, for this to work, everyone must be loyal, there was Lilian who was loyal, Anthony who was loyal, however, the Belgian is good ... We said 'OK, we I drove hard from that kilometer ', but he was driving as fast as before, he was just riding his bike, and in the end he just' flung 'us to go and make the red bib. ... guys like that, you can not go to the end with guys like that, everyone has to be on the same wavelength, you have to be a team. "
"I give everything and he pretends to give everything"
Aimé De Gendt placed his "mine" 8 kilometers from the goal, while the four fugitives were together from the start almost. "I give everything and he pretends to give everything, just to go make his bib red," lamented Rossetto. It's the red bib, but it's not the goal, At some point, you have to go. The final lent itself. Maybe we would not go to the end, but if he is able to do that, it is that he was not thoroughly ... Lilian was not good, he gave everything. Anthony was not well, he gave everything. He did not give everything because he was able to do that. And on arrival, he does not even say thank you, nothing, it's worthless these guys. "
In defense of De Gendt, who said he did his share of the breakaway ("I was the best at the end", he also felt), he's part of a team, Wanty - Group Gobert, who can hardly claim to win big bonuses on this Tour, and the one that accompanies the most combative of the day was inevitably welcome. Stéphane Rossetto necessarily understands that, he who hunts the price of the "super combative" of this Tour 2019 with his multiple escapades.