CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"I know that I started my sprint very early but that's because I want to score bonus seconds. If I had not been in this jersey, I would have waited a little longer," Meersman says

Photo: OPQS / Tim De Waele

DECEUNINCK - QUICK-STEP

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

GIANNI MEERSMAN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR DE FRANCE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS
30.07.2014 @ 00:00 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

For the fourth day in a row, Gianni Meersman finished second in a stage of the Tour de Wallonie and he admits to being very frustrated about the missing stage victory. However, he claims to be paying the price for his focus on the GC which requires him to focus more on bonus seconds than wins.

 

OPQS rider Gianni Meersman was about half a wheel short of a victory on Tuesday, earning his 4th 2nd place finish in four Tour de Wallonie Stages in the bunch sprint finale of 174.9km Stage 4.

 

Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise) won the stage with a bike throw, catching Meersman in the final 50 meters of the sprint that was led into on a wide road, with the peloton spread across the road battling for position. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) was 3rd.

 

OPQS worked all day at the front keeping the original breakaway controlled. The race came back together with 24km to go, but the peloton was far from finished with its threats to the yellow jersey of Meersman. A three rider escape group was brought back with about 18km to go in the stage, but the last rider from that group was caught with 11km to go. More attacks followed, including a solo effort of Gijs van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise), but OPQS put all riders on the front in support of Meersman and even he was reeled in as the peloton raced toward the final kilometer.

 

Zdenek Stybar helped lead out the sprint, and Meersman launched inside the top 5 positions of the field. 

 

Meersman now leads the GC by 20" thanks to bonus seconds earned. OPQS looks to the final, 184km stage from Malmedy to Ans, on Wednesday.

 

"Well, that's how it is," he told Het Nieuwsblad. "On one hand, I am disappointed because I was second again. On the other hand, I must be satisfied that I have a tighter grip on the yellow jersey. I know that I started my sprint very early but that's because I want to score bonus seconds. If I had not been in this jersey, I would have waited a little longer. Now I get these questions. Of course I would rather have won today but that's okay. It's the price.

 

"My condition is good. I really hope that I can win overall. I'm surrounded by a very strong team. Andrew Fenn controlled the race from start to finish. It is unbelievable what this guy has done. I will do everything to try to win the overall tomorrow. Maybe there are better climbers in the peloton, but fortunately I have built a solid lead."

 

"Four stages, four times second," he added to Directvelo. "I may be the best but the result is clear: no victory. I must still be satisfied that I managed to keep my yellow jersey.

 

"Again, my team was great. A guy like Andrew Fenn was impressive. We never panicked and we always rode tempo on the climbs. Nevertheless, it was a difficult day with the rain. And then there were a lot of steep hills and that is not my cup of tea. 

 

"Regarding the sprint, I believe that there was a crasj in the last hundred meters. I started my sprint at two hundred meters to go without looking back. I was leading and in the end I missed just a few centimeters to win. I did not feel Tom Van Asbroeck coming back. He managed to pass me.

 

"With this second place, I confirm my leadership. I'm confident for tomorrow and I'll be able to rely on my teammates."

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58Puncheur course for 2017 Arctic Race of Norway 04.01.2017 @ 13:55Ewan makes it itwo in row at Criterium Championships 04.01.2017 @ 13:53Track world champion wins Australian U23 criterium title 04.01.2017 @ 13:50

Currently no news in this list

Inge VAN DER HEIJDEN
21 years | today
Johannes DUNBERG
40 years | today
Arles de Jesus TAVARES CARVAJAL
41 years | today
Dante CARPENTER
26 years | today
Wei YANG
23 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com