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Van Den Broeck allowed time to grow

Jurgen Van Den Broeck, former junior world time trial champion (2001) is showing promising things while doing his duties within the Discovery Channel Team. Van Den Broeck turned pro with Lance Armstrong's team in 2004, and he doesn't regret taking that step up only being 20 years of age at that time. "I don't regret that early transition to the pro ranks at all," he is quoted in HNB. "The easiest way isn't always the best."

The 23 year-old Belgian feels that his capacities are slowly increasing, and is very happy with his current form."I know I'm not progressing with giant steps, but I'm going forward and that certainty is sufficient for me," Van Den Broeck said. "I feel that progression. For now it might not be visible in the results, but I can handle a bigger training load. I don't notice it myself but people around me tell me that my body has developed strongly. I have less trouble staying put in the front. Look at last Wednesday: I went up the Mur de Huy in the company of guys like Bettini, Di Luca and Valverde. That's the kind of signs I need. Mentally I still have my weak moments. But we're working on that and a good result is always good for the head."

Van Den Broeck likes to play his cards close to the chest for now. He's not pointing out where his ambition lies and gives himself time to grow in peace. "One day races, or tours? I'll see what the future brings," he continued. "I do have goals in my head and know when and where I want to accomplish them, but the outside world doesn't need to know what they are."

Van Den Broeck knows where his limits are this weekend, but insists on what every young rider must bring into the sport if he wants to become a cycling great one day: dreams. "I'm not a world top rider like Valverde - to win in Liège is of course an illusion for now," the Discovery rider commented. "But why wouldn't it be possible one day? It is, everything is. It's just that I refuse to give myself a deadline for now."

Courtesy of Sabine Sunderland

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