25| Jasper PHILIPSEN
Jasper Philipsen: “We can feel proud of this”
It was clear that Wout [van Aert] and Mathieu [Van der Poel] were the strongest today. They had the best legs on the crucial parts of the race, and it was impossible for me indeed to follow them. But I also had good legs. To be 2nd while Mathieu won was a dream come true. Of course, I would like to come back and win myself, but as for today I’m going to enjoy the day.
Van der Poel is human - and a super-strong bike rider. Together with Van Aert and [Tadej] Pogacar, they are the best riders in the world. Whenever they go, you know they have something extra and...
7| Wout VAN AERT
Wout van Aert: “Like a nightmare”
It is a shame I’ve had such bad luck. I felt so good that I could attack in the Carrefour de l’Arbre… and then I punctured. It sucks because we [Mathieu Van der Poel and I] had a possibility to make it to the Vélodrome together, and I would have stood a chance for victory on a two-up sprint. But that’s life. When I punctured, it felt like a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it was true, but my tire was completely flat. I’ve tried to keep my head cool, reset my mind back into race mode and try to regain Mathieu’s wheel, but it...
21| Mathieu VAN DER POEL
Mathieu Van der Poel: “One of my best days ever”
It’s incredible how we rode as a team today, with Jasper finishing 2nd. It’s impossible to do better than this. A 1-2 in Roubaix might never happen again to us, so we have to enjoy it to the fullest.
I’ve done my best Classics campaign ever. This is the last race [of my Classics campaign], and to finish it off like this is a dream. I’ve changed some things in my training and my program, and I feel I have improved. I asked myself to do less races in order to be at my 100% in every race I did. What I did in Flanders, and today, I couldn’t...
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