The Tour of Flanders edition 103 is already behind us. Roompot – Charles was in the picture for a long time thanks to Jesper Asselman, who spent 170 kms in the breakaway with his three companions. Pieter Weening then came to the forefront in the final and tackled the climbs together with the favourites. He and sports director Michael Boogerd talk about the race.
Michael Boogerd: “We had someone in the early breakaway, we had to. Luckily we succeeded. Then we missed the cut when a large group took off in Geraardsbergen. We had no one up there except for Jesper Asselman, who came from the breakaway. That wasn’t good enough. Good thing they kept on riding in the bunch and they came back.”
Boogerd: “I am proud of Pieter”
“After that Pieter did a very well. I always said that Pieter was going to be our first guy. Pieter would be our man to show the team in a positive way. If you’ve seen the last few weeks, I don’t think we should have expected anything else, that the others could climb these hills with the best. They just can’t do that. The level is too high. You have to be honest about that. I don’t look for excuses.”
Weening only just couldn’t catch on with the group of favourites on the last ascent of the Oude Kwaremont. Otherwise there would have been a nice place of honor in store for him. “He anticipated on the old Kruisberg, he took off with Degenkolb. He even dropped it. On the top of the climb, a nice group with the best riders joined them. If they had more room up there, Jungels and such, he could have stayed in the wheel. He might have survived the Kwaremont with them. Still, he did great. I am proud of Pieter.”
Weening: “I don’t know these roads like the others do”
Pieter Weening rode a remarkable Tour of Flanders. Where he initially spent hours at the very end of the pack, in the final he took on the cobbled climbs with the favourites at the front of the race… until he had to watch the last climb of the Oude Kwaremont.
“I’m satisfied. It’s my first race in Flanders this year and I don’t know these roads like the others do. But it’s an endurance race. If you’re in good form, you end up where you should be if you don’t crash. At the end of the last ascent of the Oude Kwaremont I couldn’t accelerate anymore. I was completely empty. I slowly saw the others moving away from me. It’s a shame, I still had them in sight on the Paterberg. I wasn’t riding any slower. But all in all I’m happy with my race.”
🇧🇪 #RVV19De Ronde zit erop! Jesper Asselman zat 170 km in de ontsnapping en Pieter Weening toonde zich tot diep in de finale vooraan in de wedstrijd! 👍Hier de reactie van Weening. Foto's op onze Instagram- en Twitter-pagina! 👇**The race is over. Jesper Asselman spent 170 kms in the breakaway, while we saw a strong Pieter Weening at the front of the race in the final! 🗨️ "I'm satisfied. It's my first race in Flanders this year and I don't know these roads like the others do. But it's an endurance race. If you're in good form, you end up where you should be if you don't crash. At the end of the last ascent of the Oude Kwaremont I couldn't accelerate anymore. I was completely empty. I slowly saw the others moving away from me. It's a shame, I still had them in sight on the Paterberg. I wasn't riding any slower. But all in all I'm happy with my race."🎙️ P. Weening#ROC #RVV Ronde van Vlaanderen
Geplaatst door Roompot – Charles Cycling Team op Zondag 7 april 2019