Two centimeters – all separated What van ert From success at Flanders tour And another of the most fascinating seasons in recent memory.
In the end, it’s not for that Jumbo-Wisma Phenomenon. In Ud Denard, he Expanded By a longtime rival Matthew van der Poyle (Alpacin-Phoenix), After the pair proved to be strong – with a pinch of luck of the race.
After cutting 243 kilometers of racing, he drove van der Poyle where he wanted to – in front of the last kilometer – and after his Milan-San Remo victory in August the Dutch road race champion for another monumental victory. However it should not be in Mind broderstrat.
“It’s very easy,” Van Ert told reporters after the closing. “He’s a little stronger, I’m going to be the first person to go from wheel to sprint, but I ‘ve been waiting a while. I’m benefited from sprint for a long time, but I’m not used to it.
“Actually, I’d love to win, but it’s a good second place. I’ll replay that sprint a few times before I go to sleep, but I don’t think I made a big mistake.”
This couple has, after all Ghent-Wewelgem, Rejecting other victories as well as engaging in controversy over them racing for victory. Van der Poyle had already called the ‘spot’ a “media exaggeration”, and Van Ert also mocked the situation.
“We chatted a lot during the race,” he joked. “We went through all the newspaper articles this week.
“No, seriously – we’ve informed each other about the time difference, but otherwise the focus is on the race. Matthew and I both made our turns and worked well together.”
Along with the pair in the final should be the elegant-quickstep’s Julian Alafilippే – a three-way battle over the ude quermont and Potterberg. That mouthwatering match-up was not with the French The motorbike was involved in an accident With 35 kilometers in the race, it was only two kilometers after the trio split over Steinbeakdries and Taienberg.
With Alafilippే in the back of the trio, he hit the back of a slow-moving race jury motorbike, which was controversial as two of his teammates tried to avoid it. Van Ert said he felt bad for Aleppo, but at the time he felt that the Frenchman was not paying enough attention.
“I went over the moto, but I tried to stay in that slipstream as long as possible,” he said. “If Julian falls as a result, I want to apologize, but he’s been a little careless.
“It’s too bad for him, otherwise there would have been three of us. It would have been a different final – a little more strategic. After that, Matthew and I realized we could not drop each other and we’re going to ud dinard together. We both had faith in our sprint.”
Van Eart had his own misfortune, having crashed earlier in the race after rushing halfway to the first lane of Ude Quermant. He fell softly on the edge of a grass and was returning quickly, but the attempt to chase back – and the attempt of the bridge to van der Poel and Alephilippe in Taienburg – saw him expend some significant energy.
“Of course, it’s not ideal,” Van Ert said of his outburst. “I traveled alone to get back for a while. Someone braked in front of me and I could not brake fast enough, so I had to hit a rider from Inios. Nothing was done, and I was able to make the final ride. “
Despite the end result – the narrowness of the losses – Van Ert said he was happy with his 2020 season, winning two silver and two silver medals this year at Strad Bianche, Milan-San Remo, Tour de France. World Championships, along with other top results.
The Paris-Roubaix termination – which he finished 13th and 22nd in the last two seasons – hit him hard, however, he admitted, now that his season is over, he says he’s going to enjoy time with his pregnant wife, De Di.
“Yeah, feel that [that I had a good season] Need to capture quickly. After the Tour de France and the World Championships, I worked very hard to stay in shape and it was great. I’m proud to be as good as Strad Bianche and at the start of the season re – art start.
“However, it is unfortunate that the Paris-Roubaiks are moving forward. It was very difficult for me mentally when the cancellation became official. I mean, with Ronde, there’s a very beautiful race; I trained for it.
“Now, I’m not going to travel for a fortnight, I want to enjoy Sarah’s pregnancy too. They say it’s the most beautiful thing in the world, aren’t they? I need November to get ready for cycling – cross season. Let’s see when I come back.”
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