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By Brecht Decaluwé Rabobank's Michael Boogerd played his card at the Côte de Sprimont, getting...
By Brecht Decaluwé
Rabobank's Michael Boogerd played his card at the Côte de Sprimont, getting himself in a break with Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver from Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears. It looked promising - very promising, in fact - until they were caught with less than five kilometres to go.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman added another top-five placing to his palmarès this Spring: "It came as a surprise to me how we got into that break, taking a few metres on top of the Côte de Sprimont, but when you get an opportunity like that, you can't hesitate," Boogerd said.
"When the others caught us, I looked around and saw that everybody was very tired; I was even able to catch up with them. With that knowledge, maybe I should have spared myself for an attack on the Côte de Saint-Nicolas. But that's done for now, I'll just keep pedalling," the always smiling Dutchman said. "Erik Dekker did a lot of work for me and on La Redoute, I didn't suffer."