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Yara Kastelijn: "The final metres were incredible"

"We started the race with the goal to take points for the polka-dot jersey, but I’m not that explosive so Anouska [Koster] and [Kathrin Hammes] took the points. I was very happy to have Marthe [Truyen] with me so I could stay relax and we had a gap of 10 minutes. I didn’t expect that in the beginning. When I went alone on the penultimate climb, then it was just about staying focused and riding to the line as hard as possible. The final metres were amazing. Yesterday we were really proud of Julie [Van de Velde]. It’s incredible just to be here. We’ve taken two jerseys. And today we have a victory. It’s just amazing. I think tonight we deserve champagne.

My mom and dad were also at the finish and my brother will join us. My family is everything to me so I’m very happy and proud to celebrate with them.

This winter, I spoke with my coach to change things a bit, do less cyclo-cross and focus on the road. In the spring classics, I was a bit annoyed, I was always up there but I couldn’t finish it off. To take a victory here is crazy and amazing."

26/07/2023 - Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023 - Etape 4 - Cahors / Rodez (177,1 km) - KASTELIJN Yara (FENIX-DECEUNINCK) - Vainqueure de l’étape
26/07/2023 - Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023 - Etape 4 - Cahors / Rodez (177,1 km) - KASTELIJN Yara (FENIX-DECEUNINCK) - Vainqueure de l’étape © A.S.O./Charly Lopez

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