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Jan Bakelants : "I had a podium place in my legs"

GP de Montreal : Bakelants takes 4th


JAN BAKELANTS: "I HAD A PODIUM PLACE IN MY LEGS"

I felt very strong today. In Quebec, I was a little worse, as usual. But fourth doesn’t really reflect how good I felt today. I launched my sprint from a long ways out. Normally that works well for me; I go strong and then get stuck in. But Ulissi still had his strength too and managed to pass me. Fourth is a shame since I had the podium in my legs.

This race is basically a reflection of my whole season: there has always been something to get in the way of my best. At the beginning of the season there were crashes in particular.

I will just remember that the form is there, and that is the reward for all the work that I have put in to reach this level. What really bugs me is that I was possibly the strongest in that breakaway. I was the one attacking and also taking my full pulls."

THE NUMBER: 4

In 2015, Jan Bakelants also finished fourth in Montreal. And just this past Friday, Alexis Vuillermoz was fourth in Quebec City.

THE NEWS: FIVE SELECTED FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Oliver Naesen (Belgium), Hugo Houle (Canada), Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania), Alexis Gougeard and Cyril Gautier (France) have been selected by their country federations for the World Championship in Bergen.

The AG2R LA MONDIALE team will not participate in the Team Time Trial World Championships.

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