NewsWire: Few regrets for Voeckler, Vanendert; Terpstra for Olympics

Voeckler pleased with Amstel ride; Terpstra on Olympics list; Vanendert so close

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Few regrets for Voeckler— L’Équipe

Europcar’s star Thomas Voeckler is pleased with his fifth place at the Amstel Gold Race. Though of course he’d prefer to win, as he did in a solo breakway at Wednesday’s Brabantse Pijl, a small hiccup in the form of Damiano Cunego’s late crash took just enough wind out of the Frenchman’s sails to keep him from contesting the final sprint.

“I’m not jumping up to the ceiling, but I am still satisfied,” Voeckler said. “I’m a little embarrassed by the fall (of Cunego) on the Cauberg. I didn’t lose too much speed, I could pass on the right, but I lost the head of the race.”

“I ran a little against my nature,” he added. “I waited. The only time I went off with Sagan, I restrained myself; it was windy and it was not the time for me to go. Katusha outnumbered us behind. At the foot of the Cauberg, I knew that I had to do.”

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Terpstra tops Dutch coach’s Olympics list — De Telegraaf

Following his win at Dwaars door Vlaanderen, plus a sixth place at the Tour of Flanders, fifth at Paris-Roubaix and a bold late attack in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, Niki Terpstra is at the top of the Olympic list for Dutch coach Leo van Vliet.

“Niki is currently top of my list for the Olympic Games and world championships on the road,” he said. “A number of riders can take example from his attitude towards any race. He rides with this heart. I love it.”

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Jelle Vanendert: ‘disappointed because it was so close’ — Gazet Van Antwerpen

Jelle Vanendert proved he could ride at the pointy end of the Ardennes classics on Sunday, finishing second behind Enrico Gasparotto at the Amstel Gold Race.

“As soon as the BMC riders took the helm, I knew I had to stick to Philippe Gilbert’s wheel,” Vanendert explained after the race. “He brought us to Freire’s wheel, and then the sprint started. I came around Sagan, but Gasparotto was just too strong.”

“I feel a bit disappointed because it was so close,” he added. “Now I will ponder a while where I might have done something wrong. A small difference, it only has to be a little mistake.”

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VeloNews ran a story in NewsWire earlier this morning based on a report by Swiss Daily NZZ in 2007. We regret this error and have removed the story from this page. —ed.