Arnaud DeLie failed to win his 10th bouquet of the season on Wednesday at the finish of the Houtland Cycling Circuit (1.1) judged in Lichtervelde. The 20-year-old Ardennes sprinter from the Lotto Soudal team was overtaken by Jasper Philipsen.
“The team had put together an impressive train for me, but I made a crucial mistake in the sprint. I attacked from way too far“, explains the neo-professional. “This way I immediately took a nice lead, but in the last 20 meters I stalled.“
Passing Lichtervelde station, there was a fall involving a rider from Lotto Soudal: “We quickly recovered from that. Rudiger Selig therefore took charge of the last 500 meters. He went at full speed. I was in his wheel. And then I made the mistake of going full throttle 250 meters from the finish line. An amateur mistake. I should have waited at least another 50 meters or more. I wanted to surprise Philipsen a bit, but it didn’t go well.“
“Second isn’t so bad either (he brought 85 UCI points to his team, editor’s note). I lose against the best sprinter in the world and I’m on the podium with guys who have already won stages in the Tour de France. Of course, I will continue to run after this tenth victory. The earliest would be best.