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“Suddenly cheer them me even in Spain’

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Jürgen Roelandts has won the first week on the edge of world champion Valverde behind the back

“Suddenly cheer them me even in Spain’

Already a week experience Jürgen Roelandts what, no Belgian ever has occurred. Ride in a sweater of Movistar, at the side of world champion Alejandro Valverde. It is a different world, ” he says. But a world that, to him, perfectly like.

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Jürgen Roelandts with world champion Valverde. ‘With him in the team, you see the same scenes as formerly in Flanders with Boonen.’ Cor Vos/pn

Jürgen Roelandts has won the first week on the edge of world champion Valverde behind the back

“Suddenly cheer them me even in Spain’

Already a week experience Jürgen Roelandts what, no Belgian ever has occurred. Ride in a sweater of Movistar, at the side of world champion Alejandro Valverde. It is a different world, ” he says. But a world that, to him, perfectly like.

Trentin in sprint

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Wim Vos

AlicanteVeranderen of team also has disadvantages. We were there on Wednesday afternoons in the tijdritje of more than ten kilometers into the Spanish Orihuela. Suddenly sounded at the foot of the steep final kilometer a considerable Flemish curse. From the mouth of a rider from Movistar actually. ‘I was,’ laughs Roelandts. “I switched completely wrong. It was only the second time I was on my time trial bike rode and I was wrong me grossly. Last year we rode with Shimano, now with Campagnolo. But the gears are reversed. Consequence: in place of three teeth lighter, I switched three teeth. A difference of a gear or six. I lost at least five, six miles per hour. Sorry. Eventually I was fifteenth. Without that mistake I was, perhaps, even for Geraint Thomas finished.’

Maybe you had the Spanish explanation about your new bike is not fully understood?

(laughs) ‘but it’s not. My Spanish is getting better. If they are slow enough to speak, I can everything on the ploegmeeting said, understood. Even what the earphones are called, I understand al. Anyway, most of the time anyway. That was a few months ago otherwise. I was convinced that the Tour of Valencia, my first match would be. It eventually became clear that everyone who is not in Argentina getting started was, last week in Mallorca was expected. Apparently that was at the team presentation in October said. I Had not understood.’

Another remarkable fact: Movistar has the whole winter no ploegstage organized.

“You’re right. Quintana is my team mate, but I’ve only once seen. At the presentation in October. Afterwards: nothing more. They have given me the whole winter feel free to let. I have three months in my own training. Only last week Sunday, I have the team in Mallorca. The competition started on Thursday, we were all Sunday expected. Four days stage, just before the first race, they find that with Movistar was enough.’

A big difference with your previous teams?

“It is very relaxed. Spanish style. No pressure, everything at ease. I was terrified of it. I thought: Movistar, topploeg, that is stress. Nothing thereof. The best example: in Mallorca last week, I came as a first runner of the team off the bus, and I see suddenly the peloton pass. The neutral start was already given. At that time, there were still six other riders in the bus. There, they are all not to pressure. (laconically) Eventually they were all in the peloton.’

Yet differences?

“It is very relaxed. Spanish style.
No pressure,
everything on the convenience’
Jürgen Roelandts

‘The food. I had the end of last season in the Tour of Guangxi already in the holes. We sat down with BMC at half past eight at the table, then the table of Movistar is still completely empty. We went an hour later to the table: still no one to see. For a quarter to nine, nine o’clock you don’t see them at the buffet. The same with massages. Not that they are not organized, on the contrary, but they leave you there all quite. It is totally not stressful. That was at BMC otherwise. They were sometimes too organized. That also shows pressure. Movistar is just the third team in my career, but I already know that they style suits me best. I let the things like to approach me and say. It should not be too planned.’

World champion Valverde is just as relaxing as all the rest?

“Absolutely. I drive now a week with him in the team. He strikes me a thousand percent. Very loose in the handling. And: a star in Spain. The scenes that you’re in Flanders had on the bus ride from Boonen, you have here in Spain in our bus. Always a mass of people. I notice it too. When I the past week, a mountain cranked up, I was suddenly welcomed. Only because I have a shirt of Movistar. I rode the same race used to be in my Lotto-sweater, they looked at not to me. Valverde appreciates that attention. I had understood that he is first for the Tour of Colombia was scheduled. But he wants his rainbow jersey per se, as much as possible to his countrymen show. Hence, the Mallorca and Valencia has become.’

The idea is that you are one of Valverdes luitenanten?

“I’ll be in the next few months in any case often in his team. But of the classics he rides there are but two: Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Tour of Flanders. There he is working on it, I noticed. The intention is that we will be there with two in the finals.’

And then?

‘That’s what we see at that moment. (laughs) Spanish style, eh.’

Trentin in sprint

European champion Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wrote yesterday, the second ride on his name. The Italian was the fastest in the sprint, Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Swift (Team Sky). The Norwegian Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Wednesday’s winner of the openingstijdrit, remains the leader. ‘Last year I had through injuries and crashes in a difficult season’, explained Trentin why he is very motivated for the Tour of Valencia was calm. “I wanted to be here’d love to win, so I relax to the classics can toeleven.’

Teuns

Dylan Teuns, Wednesday, fourth, sat neatly in the peloton and remains with his fourth place in the overall standings, the best Belgian.

As an outspoken leader of Bahrain-Merida can Teuns, the following days may still move up in the standings. Both today and Saturday, he gets two tough stages on his body.

‘Wait and see’, according to Teuns. “But if there is anything I can take, I will certainly not let it lie.’

Also a few other Belgians can today show. The last five kilometers are hard, but not insurmountably steep. Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen are not hopeless. (wvo)

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