Bredene Koksijde Classic, Hugo Hofstetter 2nd
On the line
“I came back, I came back on Pascal Ackermann, but I think I am paying for my crash in Nokeré. I’m still in pain, but once again I gritted my teeth and gave it my all in this Bredene Koksijde Classic. I suffered during the competition and at the finish, without this crash I think it’s possible to pass. I would normally be happy with 2nd place, but I’m disappointed because I kept coming back. I would like to thank my team-mates once again for the work they have done. It is thanks to them that I can achieve so many results. One thing is certain, I have a lot of confidence, especially for the upcoming races”.
“Very nice sprint from Hugo who did a great job in the last two hundred and fifty meters. It’s really close, and frustrating to lose by so little. Hugo really deserves to win a good one. I would like to underline his consistency since the beginning of the season, and a nice win would be the crowning glory for him and the Arkéa-Samsic team. We were a bit trapped with 50 kilometres to go and the riders all went flat out to close the gap caused by this break. They had been racing for three days and were getting tired, but everyone helped their friend. If we don’t ride, I think it’s complicated to go for the victory. We didn’t give up, and we gave ourselves the means to take Hugo in good conditions”.