Niki Terpstra: “Fighting against the wind”
Niki Terpstra had already sung after his victory in the E3 Prijs Harelbeke last week during the flash interview, and the Dutchman was also artistic after the victory in the Tour of Flanders. "Unbelievable, this is so cool. I cannot describe this feeling. I have always dreamed of these races, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, and now I have won both of them. "I was fighting against the wind towards the Kwaremont, that is a messy piece if you are on your own. On the Kwaremont I could see the leaders and I had to go for it. I knew that I had to take that group and I built up, built up, built up, built up, the blood splashed in my head. The love for cycling.", said the Dutchman who made a little parody on the song 'Liefde voor muziek' (Love for music) from Raymond van het Groenewoud.
Philippe Gilbert: “I will be good in Luik"
Philippe Gilbert completed the party at Quick Step with his 3rd place. "The three attackers rode really fast", said the winner of the Tour of Flanders last year. "We wanted to make the race hard. Half of the favourite group was broken early in the race. If it is easier now to control the race with 7 riders? Yes, maybe it is. Weird, don't you think? We have to thank our team. And now Paris-Roubaix: that is a different race, I don't have a lot of experience there. We hope to win as a team of course. That stays special, even though we have already won a lot of races. The spring races are ours and such victory gives a boost to the whole team, we really ride as a pack of wolves."
Tiesj Benoot: “I have definitely ten years left to win this race”
"8th place, that is a little bit disappointing. I deserved a better result, because I was again with the four best riders in the race. But I was caught between all those riders of Quick Step. When Stybar went on the Kruisberg, I followed, but then Terpstra attacked. And that was the right one. It's a shame, because I don't think he could have ridden away from me. But he was really strong, he is the deserved winner. On the last time Paterberg, I was in an ideal 3rd position, but Sep had cramps or switched wrong and that's I lost some meters on Sagan. If I was in his wheele, then maybe there would have been a chance. But even then, we couldn't have caught Terpstra. In the end, I also had problems with my stomach."
Source: Het Nieuwsblad/ Sportwereld
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