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Lotto Belisol: Dauphiné is final test for Van den Broeck in run-up to the Tour
Past Saturday, on the eve of the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Jurgen Van den Broeck took time to chat with the press. He looked forward to his big goal: the Tour de France. The Dauphiné is a last test. If he can win a stage in this race, like two years ago, he will definitely grab that chance. Considering the most toughest part of the 100th Tour lies in the third week, he wants to be in top condition later than usual.

Jurgen Van den Broeck: “The Dauphiné fits in with the preparation for the Tour, but it’s more than just a preparatory race. It’s a final test to know where one’s standing. Each year in the Dauphiné we get a taste of what we’ll get served in the Tour. This time we ride up Alpe d’Huez to then climb the Col de Sarenne after a short descent. Then we go down via a new and spectacular descent. The feeling here in the Dauphiné is more important than the result, although I would of course like to win another stage, that’s always good for the confidence.”

“We haven’t changed much to the preparation in comparison to the previous years. After the Tour de Romandie I took one week rest and then I left for the Sierra Nevada. That way we try to move my form peak to the final week which is tough and will be decisive like always. In those three weeks we’ll see if I’m as good as the previous years. I notice I’m stronger mentally.”

“Maybe I stand at the start less good, there’s still time to improve. I don’t want to be over my top, because the toughest part of the Tour is the final week where recuperation is impossible. Until the last Saturday the GC can still alter. After the Dauphiné I’m going again on a training camp to the Sierra Nevada to put the finishing touch to my condition. Just before the Belgian national championship I’ll return home.”


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