Tim Wellens ready for World Championships road race!
Between Leeds and Harrogate, no less than 285 kilometres of racing awaits.
Tim Wellens finished third in the Brabantse Pijl today. The defending champion had to let Mathieu van der Poel and Julian Alaphilippe ahead in the sprint after a very strong race. The three riders who would be on the podium attacked together with Michael Matthews in the final lap. The four guys joined the previously escaped Daryl Impey, who had to let go when Wellens attacked. Van der Poel turned out to be the best in the sprint. The young Bjorg Lambrecht broke clear from the peloton and topped off his race with a nice fifth place.
Tim Wellens: “It was our intention to make it a tough race, by being in the attack all the time. We wanted to make sure not to be overtaken by events, which we did very well. At a certain moment, Bjorg Lambrecht was in a nice group, which eased the pressure on us. I wanted to wait until the final lap to join an attack. I mainly focused on van der Poel and Alaphilippe. When the latter attacked, I was able to follow pretty quickly. Van der Poel and Matthews joined and those were the names that had also been suggested in advance."
“I knew I was not the fastest rider of our group, so I had to come up with something. I tried to break clear several times, but I soon realized that it would be too difficult. Finishing third in that sprint was probably the best I could do today. I am certainly happy about how the race turned out, about the result and about my shape. In the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, a lot of new riders will participate, so I think it will yet be a higher level. The strongest riders of today will probably be at the front then as well.”