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Nicolas Roche delighted with 'unbelievable' Giro d'Italia stage

Updated: Monday, 12 May 2014 18:31 | Comments

Nicolas Roche: 'It's an amazing feeling, it's a once-in-a-lifetime'
Nicolas Roche: 'It's an amazing feeling, it's a once-in-a-lifetime'

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Irish rider Nicolas Roche hailed the Armagh-Dublin stage of the Giro d’Italia as a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience as the race headed for Italy.

Roche sits in 27th place overall after finishing in the main bunch of today’s stage.

He told RTÉ Sport: “It’s an amazing feeling, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime. I’ll never have that feeling again.

“I tried to make the most of it and give a bit of my time to everyone as well as much as I could.

"All I have to say is thank you to all those people who came and cheered us on. It’s been absolutely unbelievable.”

Marcel Kittel, of Giant Shimano, won his second stage in a row but Michael Matthews of Orica GreenEdge retains the pink jersey with an eight-second overall lead from Omega Pharma-Quickstep's Alessandro Petacchi.

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