“It would have been nice – and it’s a real shame now,” Geschke said in his first interview after arrival.
One had to feel sorry for the Freiburger.
Ever since he conquered the mountain jersey on the 9th stage in Câatel with a first great effort, he fought passionately for the cult jersey with the red dots.
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He defended it over the Alps, collected important points there at the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier and invested a lot in a total of six appearances in escape groups – such as on the way to Mende, where only three points jumped out in the end.
A strong performance at Port de Lers at the entrance to the Pyrenees made the dream of leading the mountains classification in Paris more realistic. During the day he fought hard on the Col d’Aspin, but the attacking frenzy of Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard dwindled his lead dangerously on the 17th stage.
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It was clear: If the two quarrels about the Tour victory also make up the last mountain finish in Hautacam, Geschke would have to score on Thursday on the first pass of the day. So again he threw everything into the balance in the hectic initial phase. And this time, of all things, the forces ran out.
“I should have scored at Aubisque, so the goal was to get me into the group at the beginning,” he said.
“Unfortunately that didn’t work out. The team then did a wonderful job and kept the group close. If I had had the legs, I could have pulled up the mountain. But unfortunately there wasn’t as much in the tank today as there was would have been necessary. Since I wasn’t able to score any points at the Aubisque, I actually knew then: Game over!”
With Vingegaard’s victory in Hautacam, it became quite clear in the end: With an eight-point lead over the German, the man in the yellow jersey also took the lead in the mountains classification. “The mountain jersey is for the best climber of the tour, and he has it now,” Geschke sincerely acknowledged, which hurt enormously.
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And it will probably get even more painful in the coming days. Because as much as the media representatives in the finish area in Hautacam tried to get something positive into Geschke’s head, the wrong buttons were pressed.
“The worst thing is having to keep wearing the shirt”
He was once again asked about the fact that he had set a new German record with nine days in a mountain jersey. And then asked if it would at least be nice to bring the jersey to Paris on behalf of Vingegaard.
Geschke kept his composure and answered as friendly as he could. “The record is nice too, but unfortunately there’s no prize money for that,” he said – and:
“It’s actually the worst thing to keep wearing the jersey now. I’m not in the mood for it now. But good: That’s the rule and I have to live with the fact that I’m wearing it around now. That’s not that best feeling.”
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