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Belgium satisfied

Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) in the centre

Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) in the centre (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)

Belgium may not have won a medal in the men's road race Sunday in Stuttgart, but national coach Carlo Bomans was not displeased. "I am satisfied with the performance of my riders," he told Sporza. "Collectively we were very good." He was especially pleased with Philippe Gilbert and Björn Leukemans, but noted that Stijn Devolder "had a bad day. He may still be having problems with his knee."

Devolder had to drop out of the race, but said that "I was still glad that I came to Stuttgart. I gave it a try, which was better than sitting at home [and] doing nothing."

Bomans noted before the race that he would be "pleased if we would get a top ten finish," a goal that was achieved. Gilbert was the best Belgian finisher in the race, in eighth place. "I have now ridden my first complete World Championship," he noted. "A place in the top 10 is really beautiful. I am happy."

Leukemans overcame a migraine attack a week ago that nearly prevented him from riding.

"Thirteenth and I rode for all I was worth to help Philippe Gilbert. I think I can look back with satisfaction on this World Championships," he told the belga press agency.

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