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"To take second and third is a shame but we really have to thank the team. The guys worked very hard behind the group of 27 and we fought back. Hats off to the guys who rode on the front, it's a shame we did not win, but secon...

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28.08.2014 @ 00:56 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Topsport Vlaanderen found themselves on the back foot when they had missed the big 27-rider move in the Druivenkoers Overijse. Strong teamwork brought them back in contention and in the end both Jasper De Buyst and Tom Van Asbroeck finished on the podium.


When 27 riders escaped in the Druivenkoers Overijse and Topsport Vlaanderen had missed the move, it seemed that the Belgian team was out of contention. However, they did a strong chase effort to shut down the move and on the final circuits Jasper De Buyst and Tom Van Asbroeck both joined the 10-rider group that made it to the finish.


In the end, they had to settle for second and third respectively as they were beaten by Jonas Vangenechten in the final sprint. This left the pair with mixed emotions.


"To take second and third is a shame but we really have to thank the team," De Buyst told Directvelo. "The guys worked very hard behind the group of 27 and we fought back. Hats off to the guys who rode on the front, it's a shame we did not win, but second and third is still good. 


"We had to sacrifice the guys in the chase and we onlyTom (Van Asbroeck), Jelle (Wallays) and me in the finale. But the race is done differently and we were five or six in the finale.


"The last lap was difficult. The leading group was formed at the start of the lap but I joined them two kilometers from the finish. Maybe a little too late to do a good sprint, but the condition is good and I'm relatively happy with my second place. The goal was to do the sprint, but it was difficult because Lotto was there with three riders and had the same goal. We got a little boxed in the right hand side and it did not work. It's a shame but still good. 


"My next big races will be the Brussels Cycling Classic and the GP de Wallonie, Koolskamp, Impanis and Isbergues. I would like to win a race this season but mostly my goal is to do to the U23 World Championships. I have already been in contact with Jean-Pierre Dubois and hopefully I will be good enough to get selected."


"It was a hard day," Van Asbroeck said. "Second and third is not bad, even if we miised the victory. I did not complain because I tok points for the UCI Europe Tour and extended my advantage. This is the goal for now, to take the points for the Europe Tour. Mission accomplished. 


"It was not planned to have no one in the break, but the team handled it really well. They rode on the front and controlled it well. It is just too bad we did not win because everything was very successful today. In fact, Jasper was perfectly on the wheel of Vangenechten and we have chosen not to split up. Jasper launched his sprint with 300 meters to go but it was a little too late. It's a shame, but that's racing. 


"Mynext race will be the Brussels Cycling Classic, and based on the points we take, I will perhaps do Fourmies as well. We are leading both the individual and team rankings so we will defend our position. "



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