Quinn Simmons was a very happy man at the post-race press conference in Vuelta a San Juan. The Trek-Segafredo rider won the Stage 3 of the race with a late attack mirroring the win of Zdenak Stybar at the same place in 2020.
“My coach had sent me a video of Zdenek Stybar's attack and win this morning. I knew perfectly where to attack. In this kind of attack, I'm one of the best in the world. Everything went well. I told my roommate where to drop me off, and then I would finish it. It's nice to do that too. My type doesn't win sprints or mountain stages, I have to rely on opportunities like that”, stated Simmons about the finish.
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The young American cyclist is a capable climber and climbs like Stage 5 Alto de Colorado suit him well, so can he be an important contender for the overall win? Simmons dismisses that a bit stating the penalty he suffered on stage 1 but at the same time he is still a rider to watch out for the stage in since it's not a climb with high gradients.
“Whether I am competing for the overall win? I got a time penalty on the first day, unfortunately. But I've taken back 10 seconds now anyway”, stated the Trek-Segafredo rider.
Simmons stated early during the pre-season that one of his goals was to win more during 2023. And for now the young American has already won a stage at his 3rd day of competition setting good hopes for the rest of the season.
“I don't get many chances to win. I can't win in the sprint and also not in the real mountain stages, so that leaves little. In other words, these kinds of tough stages are where I have to do it. I also promised that to the team, that I would win more. Of course, it's ideal to perform this right away. I also promised that to the team, that I would win more. Of course, it's ideal to perform this right away.” Simmons concluded.