In His Own Words: Jens Mouris on Poitou Charentes Stage FiveFri 30 Aug 2013
The remnants of the early breakaway stole the show on the final day of racing at Tour du Poitou Charentes. Jesus Herrada (Movistar) won the stage and jumped up to second overall, pushing Luke Durbridge back to sixth overall and second in the best young rider competition in the French tour.
Following the double day of racing on Thursday, Durbridge started stage five in fifth overall, leading the best young rider classification. He hoped to use the final day of racing to protect the jersey and potentially move up on the overall classification.
“The plan today was simple,” explained Jens Mouris. “We needed to look after Durbo to keep him in the young rider jersey and maybe move him up a spot or two in the overall.”
“Unfortunately, we started the day with only five guys,” Mouris added. “Alba [Michael Albasini] was a bit sick, and I think looking to Plouay on Sunday, he thought it was smart to take an extra recovery day.”
A large breakaway dominated the action. ORICA-GreenEDGE looked to benefit from the work done by Europcar in defence of Thomas Voeckler’s race lead.
“When a pretty big group attacked from the start, Europcar had to chase,” said Mouris. “We tried to keep ourselves in a good position and see what would happen in the final.”
In the run-in towards the finish, the break splintered. Three riders gained an unassailable advantage.
“Three riders stayed away in the end,” noted Mouris. “Herrada won the stage and took the jersey off of Durbo, so our plan didn’t work today.”
“We might not have accomplished our objectives, but it was a nice four days of racing,” Mouris added. “The team worked hard to help Durbo and Heppy [Hepburn] stay in a good position before the time trial so that they could have a good crack at a nice overall position. It’s too bad it didn’t work out for the win, but we gave it everything, so we’re satisfied with our efforts.”