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Damage for Wilco in Tour stage to Neeltje Jans

Damage for Wilco in Tour stage to Neeltje Jans

Wilco and Robert Gesink lost time in the second stage of the Tour de France. Crashes and echelons told the story of the ride through the rain in Zeeland. Wilco fell and lost more than five minutes. André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage in a group with Chris Froome and Alberto Contador.

“It was a bad day,” sports director, Nico Verhoeven said. “We were proud on top of the classification yesterday, but we took a dive. We had nobody in the first group and that’s bad, especially when you’re having some ambitions in the general classification.

“It starts with Wilco’s crash. Laurens and Tom Leezer were involved in that crash too. Three men stopped to wait for them afterwards, but they left our other front man, Robert, only with Sep. That’s where it went wrong. Four men waited there with good intentions because Wilco is a front man too. We didn’t lose our ambitions in the general classification with Robert, but we did with Wilco, unfortunately.”

Wilco agreed. “My general classification is gone,” he said. The Dutch national time trial champion was unlucky two times in the stage. “My chain was derailed the first time and I was involved in a crash afterwards. A few kilometres after that crash, the peloton split up. I was hoping that I could limit the damage, but I lost five minutes in the end. That’s a lot.”

Source: Team LottoNL-Jumbo

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