Arnaud De Lie, 2nd at the Circuit du Houtland, made “a crucial mistake in the sprint”

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.

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