Having grown up in Bavikhove, near the start of yesterday's E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in Harelbeke, Leif Hoste was very much racing on home-turf. "This is more than just coming home to me," the Discovery Channel rider was quoted as saying in HNB.
"I should be able to go higher than the level I was on in 2004. I'm virtually riding every race there is from Harelbeke onwards and I consider myself able to play a role in every finale. Everything that went wrong last year has been turned around. I hope that this can last another three weeks. No, the big results aren't there yet. But the feeling that things are heading the right way is most important. If I'm afraid of Boonen? On the contrary..."