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"The sprint never was perfect and I needed that to beat Démare or Bos. It was waiting to see how I would come out of the Vuelta, but this has shown the condition is good. With this shape I hope to finish as high as possible in t...

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05.10.2014 @ 20:17 Posted by Andy Pedersen

The Eurométropole Tour finished today with a 155 kilometres long stage between Mons and Tournai. The biggest part of the course consisted of seven laps of 14.7 kilometres with one hill. Jens Debusschere became second for the third time this race. That's also the place he has in the overall classification.


A front group of six stayed ahead until 45 kilometres from the finish. One of the leaders was Jasper De Buyst, who will defend the colours of Lotto Soudal as of next season. Jonas Van Genechten, who was fifth in GC before the start of the last stage at 16" of leader Arnaud Démare, picked up bonification seconds at the second and third rush. In the overall classification the Lotto Belisol rider stands on place four. Together with trainee Tiesj Benoot Van Genechten was part of a front group in the final, but they didn't make it.


Arnaud Démare won the sprint, his third stage win this race. The French champion is also the overall winner. Jens Debusschere got second today, for the third consecutive time. In GC the Belgian champion, the winner of last year's edition, is second as well. Lotto Belisol, that has two riders in top five of GC, wins the team classification.


"Each time someone of our team was part of a breakaway everyone wanted to be in it. Tinkoff-Saxo and Orica-GreenEdge led the chase of the front group. When that was reeled in Jonas Van Genechten focused on the bonification seconds at the rushes. I would save energy for the sprint. In the last lap Jonas Van Genechten and Tiesj Benoot were both part of the front group, so we were well represented,” Jens Debusschere said.


"In the sprint we missed an extra man. Vegard Breen led Kenny Dehaes and me to the front. Then we got at the head of the group too early. Just miss the victory for the third time isn't fun of course. There went something wrong each sprint, we came to the front too early or too late. The sprint never was perfect and I needed that to beat Démare or Bos. It was waiting to see how I would come out of the Vuelta, but this has shown the condition is good. With this shape I hope to finish as high as possible in the last races of this season."



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