“I knew that this race suited me, but it was always just not in the past”, says Jolien D’hoore, who could finally cheer in Gent-Wevelgem after two second places. “This is unbelievable.”
“I felt very good in the race. I also proved that by being with the best on the Kemmelberg. Then I knew: it is for me.”
“I only had to play it smart afterwards. Fortunately I had Amy Pieters in the leading group. I had to keep calm, because I was really excited and wanted the finish as soon as possible. Amy said that too:” Focus you on your sprint, I’ll do the rest. “She was gold.”
D’hoore settled in the sprint with Lotte Kopecky, who had just beaten her at the BC. “This is good for Belgian women’s cycling.”
D’hoore has already won a number of WorldTour races in her career, but now she also has her first “classic”. “In recent months I have trained hard on interval and on the climbs, in the hope that I would survive those climbs in the Tour now.”
The Tour of Flanders is already on the program next week. “I hope I will be there again in the final. But we have several cards to play.”
“It’s a shame because Amy (Pieters) started the sprint early, so I had to respond”, Lotte Kopecky starts.
“I was afraid they would come behind me with full speed, so I just continued my sprint. I think it was a nice lead-out for Jolien (D’hoore)”, she responds with a joke.
“Of course I would have liked to win, but I don’t think we should complain. There are two Belgian riders on the podium of Gent-Wevelgem today.”
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