Edward Theuns was already twice on the podium Dwars door Vlaanderen. In 2015, he was second on his debut, a year later, he had to settle with a third place. Wednesday he is the team leader for his team, Sunweb and he wants the disappointment of Gent-Wevelgem to flush.
In the showrooms of sponsor Renson in Waregem commented Theuns first time back at the Gent-Wevelgem. In that match he had with big ambition started, but after an error of judgement, he finished a disappointing 32nd place.
“Angry at myself”
“I was and still am very angry with myself,” he told. “I make a mistake that me acid broken up. Just before the plugstreets I thought I still had time to a later slide, but that was completely wrong. I was also a bit strong in my false denkkeuze because Terpstra at the back sat. I turned as fifth last or so on in that plugstreets and had lots of places to make up. That has me very much powers cost energy, which I later tekortkwam on the Kemmelberg. That is balen, of course, especially since I really felt good and if the team leader was started in Gent-Wevelgem (he drove Harelbeke not). I was Wednesday, also specially to Poperinge driven the car and have 120 km explored by bike, and then you make such a mistake. Stupid.”
“Dwars door Vlaanderen is me, that I have already proven”
Wednesday, Theuns, so something in Dwars door Vlaanderen, the race that him already has two podium finishes to date. “The condition is good,” says Theuns. “In Paris-Nice I had to specify because of the aftermath of my crash in the opening stage and then I was also sick. Again, you have to take on yourself, but Milan-Sanremo and Gent-Wevelgem gave me the confirmation that I am in good shape am. I make that mistake in Gent-Wevelgem, now wait a new direction and a new chance in a game that to me.”
“I have already proven in the past. As Jelle Wallays no team mate of me, then I win that rate in 2015. I then take a while to be entertained. I think I have that day to be the strongest and then it is a pity that you that price is not on your list of achievements. At that moment, I was not disappointed, on the stage, because for me that was the first time in such a big game. But afterwards insists that that. I have shown that I am such contests can win. It remains my goal to make a course of such calibre to win.”
“It is a completely different course”
The route of Dwars door Vlaanderen underwent quite some changes in comparison with other years and the course is now also on the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders.
“That last seems to me not much to make a difference, everyone will have to go to the limit. There I doubt not, there is still enough time to recover against Sunday. It is a completely different course. The Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont are there not more in it, it is only 181 km and a new course is always a bit of wait and see. I have the game twice already explored, once alone and once with Tiesj Benoot. I suspect that the contest ever asked could burst,” decided Theuns.