RusVelo DS Sergey Ivanov had this to say:
“Our riders have had very good legs for quite a while, but they had some confidence and experience issues. They did a lot of racing in Belgium this year and it was like a university for them, now it’s time to start graduating from it. So for me it’s no surprise that Roman Maikin is capable of taking on even stars of this caliber. Bunch sprint is a scary business, you have to fight for your position and catch your chance; Roman has enough determination for this now. This type of finish suites his characteristics, uphill after a downhill section. The team was great today, everyone did his part of the job for their sprinter, and Sergey Lagutin gave a superb lead-out actually – it’s a great shame he broke the rules on the spur of the moment. Sure enough, Anre Greipel is still a bit too strong for Roman Maikin, especially when the German is ultra-motivated like today because of those two sprints taken by his derby rival Tom Boonen in the first two stages. Everything is in good order though”.