“Yesterday the whole team was disappointed. The final was perfect for Van der Poel, if it doesn’t work then you are disappointed,” admits Xandro Meurisse. “But it was only day 1 of 21. If you can win like this on the 2nd day…”

“In the bus we had calculated that if we also wanted to go for yellow, Mathieu might also have to take the bonuses with the first passage of the Mûr de Bretagne. That worked out in the end.”

Meurisse himself also played a role in the final, by being the first to throw the bat into the henhouse. “I actually wanted to start earlier, but Mathieu called me back. I knew I wouldn’t last, but it might not be bad to sow some panic. The most important thing was to get Mathieu into position.”

Meurisse put himself on the map 2 years ago by becoming the best Belgian in the final standings in the service of Wanty-Gobert. “But this surpasses any achievement of 2 years ago. Such an emotional victory too.”

“And tomorrow we have another chance, because we have 2 fast men (Merlier and Philipsen) and one of the strongest lead-outs. It can’t go wrong, but one can still be added.”

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