Tour de France – look back
I was really looking forward to the 2017 Le Tour de France, specialy with the Grand Depard in Düsseldorf. Even with some crap weather many friends, family and, of course, fans, stood at on the side of the road and got the opportunity to cheer for every single rider.
With our tour team we have made a lot of effort to win the sprints. For various reasons we couldn’t get our stage win. Mostly due to the superiority of Marcel Kittel, but also the lack of self-confidence. The strain of the Tour with wind, heat, mountains and the long stages was extrem. Some rides, including Tim Wellens and Marcel Sieberg from our team, had to finish the tour. Yet again, I made it to Paris.
Of course for the last sprint in Paris, we were 100 % motivated. I would have liked to get the win for every team member of Lotto Soudal, but Dylan Groenewegen has finished a fantastic sprint. And I came in second. I would like to thank every team mate, maintainer and the fans who have been rooting for us and have supported us. We were often seen in the front, but the last bit of luck was missing. The pain of defeat faded quickly after I could take my family and friends in the arm.
After a few days of “family time” and after tour criterias, I’m going to get back into the real racing mode on Sundays RideLondon. The BinckBank Tour in the Netherlands/Belgium is then the next longer tour for me.
Thank you for your motivation.
See you soon.