Pieter Weening went on the attack yesterday in the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya. Together with teammate Maurits Lammertink, he was part of a breakaway group of eleven riders in a very tough mountain stage. He was the last to remain up front, but was eventually caught on the final climb. “I wanted to win the stage.”
“It was a stage that suits me well and I was already behind in the GC”, says Pieter Weening after the mountainous stage to ski resort Vallter 2000, with a summit finish after a climb of 11 kms. “I wanted to give it a try. I hope to start the final climb with a lead of eight minutes. But they strictly controlled the race behind us. We had to keep up the pace to maintain the lead. But then you’re exhausted on the last col.”
“The idea was to win the stage. I don’t just ride up front to be on TV. That’s nice, but I always try to get a good result. I was also one of the better riders in the breakaway. The field of participants here is very strong, but we had a chance to go far because the rankings were somewhat set anyway. But those guys kept us close. If Thomas De Gendt had a bad day, he could have had his team stop chasing. You never know. There are many factors that you cannot control.”
“New chances for our team”
On Thursday, day four, Weening and co await another tough mountain stage. “We’ll realize soon enough how the legs feel. Friday is a bit easier. From then on there are chances in the escape because the standings are already in their fold. Almost everyone of our team can go on the attack in those stages. We have to try it anyway. Today the riders for the GC and climbers will want to go for the stage win, because it has an uphill finish. But that’s not the case in the coming day. Every day there will be a chance that the breakaway stays ahead until the end”, predicts Weening.