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“This is a huge disappointment, the biggest one of my career. I felt I was the fastest, although I knew Preben isn’t slow. He made a strong impression today."

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JURGEN ROELANDTS

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29.06.2015 @ 15:53 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Jürgen Roelandts won the silver medal at the Belgian Championships in Tervuren. He rode to the finish together with Preben Van Hecke, who is the new Belgian champion.

 

In the first of fourteen laps twenty-five riders got away and that was the breakaway of the day. Lotto Soudal was represented by six riders: Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Kenny Dehaes, Jürgen Roelandts, Tosh Van der Sande and Louis Vervaeke. They had a maximal lead of seven and a half minutes. With 85 kilometres to go the front group fell apart due to attacks of Lotto Soudal. Seven riders were left in front, including Dehaes, Roelandts and Van der Sande. During an ascent of the Horenberg Roelandts and Van der Sande took off with Preben Van Hecke. In the penultimate lap Tosh was dropped after a strong race. Roelandts and Van Hecke could stay ahead of a chasing Van Avermaet. Van Hecke beat Roelandts in the sprint.

 

“This is a huge disappointment, the biggest one of my career. I felt I was the fastest, although I knew Preben isn’t slow. He made a strong impression today. Greg and Preben train together, so I couldn’t let Greg join us, if he would attack I would have been the one to close the gap," Roelandts said.

 

“The team was in a good position right from the start. It wasn’t a specific plan that I would attack early. In the break of twenty-five I was riding in a comfortable position. Thomas de Gendt and Louis Vervaeke did lots of work to create a big gap. Then Jasper De Buyst, Kenny Dehaes and Tosh Van der Sande did a hell of a job. 80 kilometres before the end we caused a selection. The situation was good for us all day long. It isn’t enough for me that we rode a fantastic race as a team. I really wanted to win the title. Until the last two hundred metres it was looking good. In the sprint it went wrong. Preben rode a strong race, but it’s still a disappointment for me.”

 

In France Tony Gallopin won the silver medal too.

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