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by Mark Zalewski
April 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
While Tom Boonen will get the most attention at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, since it will be his last, another veteran Belgian, Stijn Devolder, will also be racing. However, unlike Boonen, Devolder is not ready to hang up his wheels. He won the race back-to-back, in 2008 and 2009.
Devolder on the front at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.
Since those wins he has largely ridden as a road captain in support of other stars, such as Fabian Cancellara. But now at 37 he is racing on the ProContinental Veranda’s Willems-Crelan, where he finds himself back in the protected role.
“I’m still getting used to it because I have not ventured my own chance to win for a few years,” he told Cycling Flash. “In recent years I have always sacrificed for Fabian Cancellara. So it’s a bit of wait and see what I will have on Sunday.
Though he only finished 44th at E3 Harelbeke, he was on the pointy end of the race, driving the chase behind the leaders for some time. He has also been in the mix at the front of many other of the spring races and is a fan favourite in Belgium.
“I feel good in this role and the team. If it depends on me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders. I would like to race for a few years.”
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