Michiel Nuytten can live with his eighth place in the final classification of the Flanders Tomorrow Tour. “After a hesitant start I felt better and better. I seem to be ready for a beautiful autumn”, reacted the third-year promise of EFC-L&R-AGS.
Michel Vanden Heede
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“My ninth place in the final stage and my good end result make up for a lot. Yes, I am self-critical. It was unfortunate that I could not follow the best during the opening stage in Poperinge. I easily digested the first ascent of the Kemmelberg, but I did feel that Dries De Pooter and Tim van Dijke had an extra gear in their legs. When the latter pulled through during the second pass, I had to pass. It failed to bridge the gap with some competitors. Fortunately I was able to do a nice sprint. During the second stage in Staden I had a much better feeling. I knew it wouldn’t be a bunch sprint. In the final phase, three guys drove away from our leading group. I hung between them and the pursuers for a while, so I couldn’t shake a decent sprint out of my calves and missed the top ten.”
“Now, the main thing is that my form level is on the rise”, says Nuytten. “The BC in Sint-Lievens-Houtem came a week early. I was a sucker for a while due to a stomach bug. I had to take antibiotics and barely had any energy. It was frustrating not being able to pull the line after my good spring. This week I have a conversation with my team. My eighth place won’t open the pro door, but the season isn’t over yet. I want to perform as regularly as possible.”
Jensen Plowright won the last stage in Handzame on Saturday. Jelle Harteel was eleventh. Arne Santy, who had attacked with Toon Clynhens and Mads Andersen, was sixteenth. Kasper Saver crossed the finish line in 22nd place.
In the morning, Nuytten was 24th in the time trial over 12.7 kilometers in Wulpen. The victory went to Matias Malmberg. Victor Vercouillie was 27th.
Alessio De Maere is pushing his limits
Alessio De Maere was on level. De Gistelnaar of Dovy Kitchens-FCC finished eighth in the final stage. He also made a good impression in the opening stage. Bad luck kept him from a top result in the second stage. When he had a puncture halfway through on a narrow track, it took forever to get a new bike. He blazed into the pack in one go and took his original competition bike, which meant that he had to go full speed again. Despite the second pursuit, he was still able to mix well in the sprint for the places of honour. Only his time trial on a borrowed bicycle was disappointing.
Lars Boven became the overall winner. Michiel Lambrecht was seventeenth, Jelle Harteel 22nd and Jelle Vermoote 28th.