2017'S WIN­NER ON…

Procycling - - THE GUIDE - TOUR DE L’EUROMETROPOL E 22 Septem­ber | BEL | 1.1

It’s an end of sea­son race, so you’ve got a lot of guys who are go­ing well but are maybe not men­tally up for it. And then you’ve got guys who are still chas­ing a con­tract so they’re push­ing pretty hard. It’s a real mix and that makes it hard rac­ing be­cause lots of peo­ple have noth­ing to lose. There’s a lot of at­tack­ing fur­ther out from the fin­ish. Last year, I was go­ing well and feel­ing good on the bike but was pretty re­laxed as well. I wasn’t re­ally ex­pect­ing to come away with the win.

Last year, it was also the sec­ond of two one-day races over the week­end and most of the pelo­ton rode both. I found rac­ing the day be­fore re­ally help­ful to blow the cob­webs off.

Last year, the race was hard all day. The pelo­ton split in half early on and then rolled back to­gether. The fin­ish cir­cuit had a bit of cross­wind be­fore the fi­nal climb, which made the effort a bit longer and made po­si­tion­ing re­ally im­por­tant. Tak­ing a win into the off-sea­son is al­ways good for the head. It puts the mind at ease be­fore you take four weeks off the bike and gain a few kilo­grams.

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