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De Bie analyses Fidea's performance

By:
Les Clarke
Published:
October 16, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:54 BST
Edition:
Cyclo-cross news & racing roundup for October 16

In last weekend's Superprestige #1 in Ruddervoorde, Fidea missed out on the spoils of the podium....

In last weekend's Superprestige #1 in Ruddervoorde, Fidea missed out on the spoils of the podium. Kevin Pauwels took fifth place while team leader Bart Wellens finished sixth. Wellens spent most of the race chasing the leaders however, after missing the early moves which saw Nys establish himself at the front of proceedings.

Fidea manager Danny De Bie told sporza.be after the race that, "Bart Wellens had a disastrous start. And this is how it was throughout his long chase." De Bie wanted to see more aggression in Wellen's riding, saying, "The TV images I saw showed that he was too 'friendly' to the competition early [in the race]."

"He let other riders go and fell back... Bart should claim his spot! Some people would call it ggressive riding."

De Bie, who also announced the Belgian selection for this weekend's first world cup event, said that, "Erwin Vervecken is on schedule. Eighth in such conditions is good. The Czechs were not good, however. It was lights out for Stybar after the first lap"

He was happy with Kevin Pauwels. "He has surprised me positively. He spent the whole race in front and rode attentively. Finally," said De Bie on the team's website. "Kevin has finally delivered on the promise he has shown in the past; he has started to take the initiative, but there must be even more work. Kevin can be even more than what he has shown."

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