Vincent Van Hemelen (Flanders-Baloise): “It is good to wear this jersey, but our goal is to keep it”
August 17 th 2023 - 19:13
I started the stage with the Peacock jersey in the back of my mind. We discussed yesterday how it might be possible to claim it in the last climb, as it was a Super KOM with double points and the guys in the break would only take points in the first two KOM, which were regular ones. It was definitely a motivation for me.
Once in the Super KOM climb, many guys went on the attack from the bottom and I tried to keep myself calm. I made my move a bit far from the summit, but I was able to make it first to the top and take this nice jersey. It’s good to wear it already, but our goal is to keep it over the next few stages.