'He needs to clear his head' – Arnaud De Lie's Tour of Flanders debut in doubt

Arnaud De Lie
Arnaud De Lie (Image credit: Getty Images)

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Arnaud De Lie had pinpointed Gent-Wevelgem as one of his main objectives of the season, but the Belgian made no impression on Sunday’s race. He would reach the finish on Vanackerestraat alone, rolling home in 90th place more than five minutes down on winner Mads Pedersen.

In both good days and bad, De Lie usually offers an affably plain-speaking analysis of his races. This time out, the 22-year-old preferred to drift through the mixed zone without a word and ride directly to his team bus. The post-mortem was instead left to Lotto-Dstny CEO Stéphane Heulot.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.