- by Press Release
- Published: 24 August 2009
Simon Gerrans made it two today by winning the 229.2 km race besting the seven man breakaway in the finale’s sprint with the peloton close behind. Pierrick Fedrigo (BBox Bouygues Telecom) placed second and Paul Martens (Rabobank) took third spot.
“We had extremely good teamwork on the team today,” said Jean Paul van Poppell, Sports Director. “The boys worked hard at the beginning and did a nice job controlling the race until the flats. Simon Gerrans was our main rider and both he and Florencio succeeded in getting into the breakaway. In the last climb Gerrans again received great support from the team, so at the finish he was in the best sprint position and able to win the race with the Peloton close behind.”
“In the breakaway, I was like probably 10 kms ahead and I had a little bit of a time advantage on the bike,” said Simon Gerrans. “I could see it was kind of tight on the climb, a technical route. Federigo came after and Paul Martens came across and then there were four and we were all together pretty well and then coming into the corner I could see it becoming kind of awkward. Then there was a rideout from Anthony Roux who tried to pass us and then Federigo made an effort to win and then Martens and then me. At 150 metres the team made sure the peloton was all together and in the last half lap I was really active it was perfect and I was able to win.”
Thor Hushovd had stomach problems today and did not finish the race. Andreas Klier and Heinrich Haussler were also not in their best form and did not finish the race.