Lampaert: “The heat was a real shock”
“I felt anything but good on the road. I only got through after the Trieu (35 km from the finish)”, responded Yves Lampaert, two-time winner of Dwars door Vlaanderen.
“The heat was a real shock to the body. A difference of 17 degrees from Sunday, that’s a lot. Many riders have decided against that.”
Deceuninck-Quick Step excelled in its absence. “I was too far on the Stationsberg myself and was behind a fall twice. Kasper Asgreen also fell, Davide Ballerini seems to have lost his best form and Julian Alaphilippe also had a bad day.”
“What I have now learned for the Tour? Euhm … That the peloton is ridden very fast. And that the conditions will be different on Sunday. It may rain a little for me, but on Sunday we can also get a surprising winner. . ”
Van Avermaet: “It was frustrating”
Greg Van Avermaet was one of the pacesetters in the hunt for Dylan van Baarle, although it turned out to be all in vain.
“It’s a shame that the collaboration didn’t go smoothly. I don’t really understand why we didn’t work together. It was frustrating in the end, especially when the peloton came back.”
“The legs were good, but there was a lot more in it. We could return, but they did not keep up with me. There were men who apparently preferred to be in the peloton than in the leading group. Whether I am ready for the Tour? That?” we’ll see on Sunday. ”
Stuyven: “The stress is out of my body”
Jasper Stuyven was immediately at the appointment after his short quarantine and helped to shape the race.
“I had a good day and headed for the offensive,” said the Milan-Sanremo winner.
“I am glad that I have cycled the stress of the past few days from my body. I can calmly look forward to Sunday.”
“It is still a question mark how your body reacts after all that stress, but I am happy with the feeling. That gives peace and extra confidence. Whether I am a favorite or a shadow favorite? A shadow favorite.”