Still somewhat surprising that Theuns opted for the attack together with 5 companions today. Yesterday he crashed three more times in the tumultuous opening stage, but the damage was not too bad. “This morning I got up with a satisfied feeling, because I was much less stiff than I had thought,” says Theuns.

“The plan in the team was originally to go in the first 2 stages to take the mountain jersey. We knew that if you could take it then you could keep the jersey for almost a week. But at the first mountain sprint you saw The finish line was quite late and I was there a little too late to start my sprint. By missing the point there, it was difficult for me to grab the jersey.”

Theuns then shifted his focus. “I took the intermediate sprint and went full for the fighting spirit. There was a Frenchman with me, so I knew I had to try something. We rode for quite a while with 2 in front. There was a headwind and it was a pretty difficult course We felt the pack approaching and I knew I had to do something to get the fighting spirit I’m glad I’m still on
stand on the podium.”

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