This Friday before the Tour start was definitely not my favorite. As you will have read elsewhere, Florencio won’t start the race for us. An easy and difficult decision at the same time. Easy in that it was a clear violation of our internal policies, difficult because it was heartbreaking to have to tell him that the team would withdraw him from the race.
I do have to say, I am proud of how the whole team – riders, staff and Florencio himself – responded. They all understood immediately that this was the only correct decision. And so it is that we start the Tour with 8 riders instead of 9. But I am certain that those 8 will make themselves be noticed.