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"For months, I have  worked really, really hard to be in top form, like many others. But I really feel that I'm in the shape of my life. When I look at my power, it is certainly as good as I have ever been."

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23.06.2016 @ 16:59 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Koen de Kort is frustrated that Giant-Alpecin has not selected him for the Tour de France. "Honestly, he disappointment is huge. I was very surprised because I had not seen it coming," he tells Wielerflits.


De Kort has missed out on Tour selection but finds it hard to accept even though he has already known it for a week. 

 

"For months, I have  worked really, really hard to be in top form, like many others. But I really feel that I'm in the shape of my life. When I look at my power, it is certainly as good as I have ever been. But maybe even better. Then it is very unfortunate that I am going on holiday in July instead of doing the Tour. All the hours of training and everything I did has now been in vain as the goal is lost. I have known it since last week when the team management called me and said I would not go there. I thought it was better to wait with the announcement as I did not want to say all sorts of things out of pure anger," he says.

 

On Saturday, De Kort will do the the national championships and then go on vacation. 

 

"I really want to get away, because at first I was completely without morale," he admits. "I need a holiday without TV broadcasts with team performances and things like that. My phone will be off for most of the day and I won't turn on the TV. At the moment, I don't feel a desire to watch it."

 

After his vacation, De Kort will start his training for the next target. 

 

"Meanwhile, I can take a step back. It is nice that I can do Nationals because I can still get something out of all those workouts."

 

After his holiday, De Kort will return to racing  at the Tour of Poland, and he hopes to participate in the Vuelta.

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