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Vanendert: ‘I will come back to win it’ — La Dernière Heure
Jelle Vanendert is pleased with his progression in the hilly classics and said after Wednesday’s Flèche Wallone that he believes he can come back and win. Vanendert was sixth at Flèche last year and fourth this year.
“Just in the two classics that I have ridden this week, I already seem to have progressed and am no longer very far from the bunch of winners,” he said. “One thing is certain regarding Flèche Wallone: I will come back to win it.”
At the same time, Vanendert admitted that he simply did not have the legs to go with Joaquim Rodríguez in the final meters of the Mur de Huy on Wednesday. Like Gilbert last year, Rodríguez simply seemed to have an extra gear — or two — over the rest.
“I was brought to the foot of the wall by the team perfectly,” Vanendert explained. “I was exactly where I needed to be and was able to take the wheel of Joaquim Rodriguez.
“When he accelerated, my nose was on his derailleur,” he continued. “I suddenly saw his chain drop two teeth when he stood on the pedals. He left it like that, leaving me there, I could not do anything to keep in touch.”
Bart Wellens to return to racing in May — Gazet Van Antwerpen
After being rushed to the hospital with heart problems in early January, former cyclocross world champion Bart Wellens will make his return to racing at the Omloop der Kempen on May 6.
“I have been out of competition for four months,” Wellens said at his Telenet-Fidea team camp in Mallorca. “I am curious.”
“About the training I am content,” he said on his website. “I have been working steadily back to my old level. I belong in the top of the field from the beginning of September!”
Rein Taaramae — L’Équipe
Rein Taaramae won’t toe a start line for three-to-four weeks, according to Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer. The Estonian rider crashed at the Vuelta a Castilla y León and suffered a fractured elbow.
Doctors have not set his elbow in place, and Taaramae will be able to ride the trainer in ten days.