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"I am very happy with my current form and hope to reach peak form on the day on the Belgian national championships in two weeks time. The upcoming two races (Ster ZLM Toer and Halle-Ingooigem) will serve as final preparation." 

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15.06.2015 @ 13:14 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Next to the team riding in the WorldTour race of Tour de Suisse, another part of Wanty-Groupe Gobert travelled to the Ronde van Limburg with two favourites for the win: Roy Jans and Bjorn Leukemans. They were supported by Tim De Troyer, Tom Devriendt, Yannick Eijssen, Jan Ghyselinck, Fréderique Robert and James Vanlandschoot.

Leukemans won the race in Tongeren by beating Dimitri Claeys and Wouter Mol. 

After an hour of racing the breakaway of the day took off with Joeri Stallaert, Kobus Hereijgers, Sjoerd Kouwenhoven and Philipp Walsleben. They gained a maximum lead of seven minutes before the sprinter's teams started to chase them down.

"Our goal was to not let the breakaway gain too much time because there weren't a lot of the bigger teams at the start line," sports director Steven De Neef declared. However, Wanty-Groupe Gobert mostly left the work to Lotto-Soudal with top favourite Jens Debusschere.

When the bunch arrived on the three local loops of 11 kilometres each, the breakaway was within sight and a new group took off including Bjorn Leukemans and nine others. In the final lap Dimitri Claeys attacked on the last climb of the Kolmontberg. Leukemans was the only one who could follow.

 

"This morning we decided that if it would not come down to a sprint, we had to have someone up there on the climbs. I had the job. Anyway, it is a course that suits me, always rolling. The uphill finish suited me perfectly," he said.


"When Claeys attacked, everyone looked at me. I knew it was up to me to counter.

Claeys and Leukemans worked together untill two kilometres from the line. That was the moment Wanty-Groupe Gobert's team captain left Claeys behind and went solo for the line.

 

"We then worked together until two kilometers from the finish. I attacked in the last corner where the gradient was the steepest. Claeys was not able to follow me and I was able to go clear. This arrival really suited me to perfection," the winner declared.

 

"I am glad that my sensations of the Tour of Luxembourg are confirmed. My form is growing. I am very happy with my current form and hope to reach peak form on the day on the Belgian national championships in two weeks time. The upcoming two races (Ster ZLM Toer and Halle-Ingooigem) will serve as final preparation."


This victory in the Ronde van Limburg was the second win of the week for the team (after the stage win of Danilo Napolitano in Boucles de la Mayenne) and the fourth of this season.

"I am happy to see that we found some luck back after all the crashes and illnesses the team suffered earlier this year. I hope we can continue on this path. Things always come in three's, not two's," De Neef smiled.

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