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Voeckler animates Lombardy finale

By:
José Been
Published:
October 7, 2013, 11:03,
Updated:
October 7, 2013, 12:04
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 7, 2013
Race:
Il Lombardia
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)

  • Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
  • Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) on the attack
  • Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) came out to pose with the new frame, which he’ll start riding after the Tour

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Frenchman caught on final climb

Thomas Voeckler audaciously attacked with 63 kilometres to go in Sunday’s Il Lombardia, but saw his move reeled in on the final climb of Villa Vergano. “I can’t say I am satisfied with my day, but I am not that unhappy either,” he told Cyclism’Actu after the finish.

Just as Vincenzo Nibali did in 2011, when the Tour of Lombardy’s new Lecco finale had its debut, the 34-year old Frenchman tried for a long attack in the last big Classic of the season. He quickly gained 3 minutes on the peloton on the flat roads after the Ghisallo.

“I had very good legs for the end of the season. I could have waited and spared the legs a bit more but I am a rider who doesn’t like to follow. I am the one who likes to take a risk,” Voeckler said.

Voeckler’s risk ultimately did not pay off. “There was not really an organized chase behind me. The teams were not structured on the flatter sections. I went well. It’s not in my philosophy to follow. I preferred to have a go, knowing that I didn’t have the legs to beat those guys [including winner Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)] in the finale,” Voeckler added to L’Equipe.

This year the multiple Tour de France stage winner only netted five victories, including his very first win against the clock. “I felt short of condition at the start of the season. And when I felt better for my favourite races in the Ardennes I crashed and broke my collar bone in the Amstel Gold Race.”

Voeckler recovered in time for the Tour de France and showed his form by winning the sixth stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné. ‘The Tour didn’t work out well,” the Frenchman said. He finished 65th in the overall classification, whereas he had won the polka dot jersey and two stages in 2012, and finished fourth in the overall in 2011.

“My season could have been better,” Voeckler concluded. “But it’s not all so bad that I just discard this entire year.”

With Paris-Bourges and Paris-Tours still on his calendar, Voeckler has two more chances for a big victory this year.
 

TANK91 More than 1 year ago
Thank god Mr i makeup being in pain did not win.
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bikejourno More than 1 year ago
Thank god Mister "I get food and bottles form my team car every minute right down to the 20k marker" did not win. Very questionable display of sportsmanship from Voeckler at il Lombardia. But ever since he attacked right after Flecha and Hoogerland were hit by that French TV car, I do not regard Voeckler as a fair and noble sportsman anymore. The guy is a weasel and an actor.
gattboy More than 1 year ago
lol, when the other guy is stationary hung up in a fence, even walking away would be an "attack" apparently
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
C'mon you 2. Voeckler is a great sportsman, who deserved more yesterday. Btw TANK91 whats the problem about expressing that youre having an inner mental fight while riding a bike? As i recall, Voeckler is hardly the only one who does funny face expressions. Just take a look at Samuel Sanchez or Chris Anker Sørensen, and you'll see
velogeek More than 1 year ago
Or Francisco "dangling head" Mancebo.
bikejourno More than 1 year ago
C'mon you alone. Yesterday was a blatant abuse of the team car by Mr. Tongue-out. Never seen so many sticky bottles on such a short stretch from any rider. Disqualifies Titi as a sportsman, sorry. But again: After accelerating when a car mowed down two riders out of a four-rider group, I don't expect any sportsmanship from the guy with facial Tourette syndrome. No love lost for Voeckler, sorry.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Maybe LLSanchez stage win, where he and Voeckler moved away was a bit disrespectful, but still Voeckler rode for the yellow jersey. And since you're still blaming Voeckler for that incident, how come you don't blame LL Sanchez?
TheBean More than 1 year ago
Voekler is a chronic animator, seldom winner. If it weren't for his days in yellow back in the Lance years, I doubt anyone outside of France would pay him much attention. Sticky bottles, ill-timed attacks when riders are on the ground, telling the media how fast he is, etc. I'll be a bit happy when he retires.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Whew, I'm glad it's not just me with those sentiments toward him. The media portrays
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
...him as the darling of cycling. But to me, I just want to tell him quit flicking all over the road, making all those ridiculous faces, and ride your bike.
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