9.18.2014

GP Wallonie: - Fränk Schleck on the attack

The finish in Namur suited him and the Luxembourger confirmed his name of an aggressive rider, in spite of the jet-lag given that he has been racing in Canada.


TFR DS Dirk Demol:
 “The plan today was to focus on the finale as we knew an early break stood no chance.  We decided to wait until the final 50-55kms and then Laurent was attacking and five riders joined him and they had maximum 45 seconds, but QuickStep was not there, and a few other good teams. So they came back and with 25k to go Fränk attacked with three others. But Tinkoff and Topsport chased hard, and it was almost back at the bottom of the last climb to the finish.
You could see [the breakaway] were beginning to look at each other on the last climb. There were a few accelerations from Bakelants but the group of 20 riders was almost there. But okay, what can we say? It was a strong finale. It was a nice race to watch, and a really nice finish, and we were really participating in the finale. We attacked twice, first with Didier up the road and then the right breakaway was Fränk. No, they did a really good race."

Fränk Schleck
“First of all I have to say that the team worked really well today and that was nice to see. Laurent did a very good job to make the race hard, and the other guys always stayed around us. I attacked with around 30k to go and I paid for that at the end. It was a bit of a cat and mouse game at the end, and we did not work together on the final climb - it is always like that with a small group of leaders that can win the race.
I did not have the punch to attack on the climb at the end, if it would have been four or five kilometers that would have been better. I also was already full gas. But it was a hard race, a nice race, and it was good for the confidence for the end of the season.
I missed breakfast this morning and I had to have it in the bus because I woke up too late, and I am going to be really tired in about a half hour from now! I am definitely in the jetlag but it did not affect me in the race. You have so much adrenalin shooting through your body that you do not really have it, you push that away in the race.  It’s not an ideal situation, but I don’t think it had anything to do on my performance today.”

Fränk just signed a new contract with Trek Factory Racing and it's well deserved: he missed a win but went close more than once.

RESULTS
1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:47:17  
2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol 0:00:02  
3 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
4 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:04  
5 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:06  
6 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
7 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
9 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:08  
10 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:00:09  
11 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
12 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
13 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
14 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:13  
15 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:21  
16 Oliver Naesen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:23  
17 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:24  
18 Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
19 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr  

20 Floris De Tier (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team

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