After a mediocre start and an abandon at the Etoile de Bessèges Danny Van Poppel refuelled at home. He was extra motivated coming back in competition at the Clasica de Almeria last Sunday. The sprinter was assisted by his brother Boy, Wesley Kreder, Tom Devriendt, ... and flirted with the podium at the Spanish classic. The Dutch rider was well positioned coming into the last kilometer, but was closed in at the last straight line. He finished 4th in Roquetas de Mar behind Ackermann, Kristoff and Viviani. Van Poppel travelled to Portugal this Sunday to work on the last details before the classics at the Volta ao Algarve.
Danny Van Poppel:
« After a bad start in Bessèges, I’m very happy with the result at the Classic de Almeria last Sunday. The team was very confident in me and I was surprised how well they worked for me at my first bunch sprint in Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans colors. Also, after a challenging year with health problems, it’s been a long time since my last sprint. Unfortunately I missed the podium, because I was closed in. »
« I had to abandon the Etoile de Bessèges because of an injury which has been dragging on for a long time. With the doctor we try to keep it under control. We managed it this week, I feel a lot better! »
« Two or three sprint chances are awaiting us in Portugal next week. It’s a good opportunity to train automatisms. We performed already well yesterday, so I expect that we’ll form a strong unity soon! »