• Bryan Coquard may have been pipped at the line by Marcel Kittel, but is he one of the greats already? (Gettyimages)Source: Gettyimages
He may not have won a Tour de France stage yet, but French sprinter Bryan Coquard seems to believe his spot in history should be reserved.
6 Jul 2016 - 7:04 AM  UPDATED 6 Jul 2016 - 7:07 AM

Coquard produced a searing turn of speed at the end of the 237km fourth stage of this year's Tour from Saumur to Limoges, very nearly stealing victory from Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) from a long way back.

He faced an agonising wait to find out if he would be the first Frenchman to win a sprint stage of the Tour de France in more than a decade.H e also ran third on Monday's stage from Granville to Angers.

Coquard is clearly close to scoring a Tour victory, but it seems he already believes he's done enough to get a spot in the French cycling hall of fame.

" I think I belong with the greats now," he said after his narrow loss to Kittel. "I'm young but I'm a winner."
He added that he was disappointed to be pipped for the victory, especially after his surge from the back of the sprinting group.

"I could see I was making it back but it was not enough. I'm very disappointed but I must not give up. There are still lots of chances left," he added.

"There is no mistake in the sprints, the stronger wins. I was never as close to victory but I haven't won yet. I want to win this year on the Tour."