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2015: Stage 12 — Lan­nemezan > Plateau de Beille

He did an un­be­liev­ably strong per­for­mance in the moun­tains three years ago, in par­tic­u­lar on stage 12 when there were not many peo­ple left and he was the last one left with Froomey. Joaquim Ro­driguez won the stage from the break­away, and there were maybe 10 guys — all of the lead­ers. G was pulling for the whole climb un­til the top and it was su­per-cold and rain­ing; if G had stopped and some­one at­tacked then Froome would have been on his own and it would have been like a fire. He was climb­ing on a re­ally hard stage with all the best, and it was a re­ally solid per­for­mance.

2017: Stage 1 — Düs­sel­dorf ITT

All the guys did a great time trial, we had three guys in the top five and it showed how men­tally strong the guys were be­cause we had a lot of crit­i­cism be­fore be­cause we didn’t win the Dauphiné and G and [Mikel] Landa fell off in the Giro, so it was quite hard go­ing into it. But G was su­per-strong in that pro­logue, wore the yel­low jersey for a few stages and did a re­ally good job with it.

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