By Karen Lambrecht
VDB at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2004. Photo by Delphine Page,
How is it with your motivation?
Thatís like last year, but my condition
is better, Iím feeling better. I can count on my team, they will work
for me. The support from Ferreti is also very important.
To Giancarlo Ferreti: What are the
tactics for the Tour of Flanders?
Vandenbroucke has the knowledge of this
race and his condition is so good. The team will work for him. On Filippo Pozzato: he wants to do well,
heís at the beginning of his career. Details about the tactics arenít
possible at this moment, these can change during the race.
How do you want the race to develop?
I want to have as many teammates as possible on the
foot of the ĎMuur van Geraardsbergení. Then we will see about the rest.
Do you have any advice for Filippo
You have to be in the first rows of the
peloton, so you can see everything, you see who attacks. And donít waste your
What did you learn about your
opponents in the 3 Days of De Panne-Koksijde?
I didnít see anything in that race. You
donít win the Tour of Flanders in De Panne, but you can lose it there.
Who are the favourites for you?
Always the same names, you want some?
Rabobank has a strong team with Dekker and Boogerd, Lotto-Domo with Van Petegem,
Quickstep-Davitamon has a few candidates, also Hincapie. Also Bartoli, but I havenít
Whatís the difference between last
year and this year?
I have more possibilities to win, more
chances and I'm in better condition.
You donít say it, but arenít you the top favourite?
Iím in top condition. In the past months
I wasnít sick, I haven't fallen, I have people around me who trust me.
Why didnít you start the last day in
I didnít need it anymore. I trained 2
hours on my own. Iím with the Tour of Flanders in my head; the race of my
dreams! Twice I have tasted the win. [In 1999 and 2003 Vandenbroucke was second,
both times behind Van Petegem.]
In Milan-Sanremo you couldnít attack
(orders of the team). Can you make the race on Sunday?
No, I wonít make the race. I will choose
my moment. I should avoid a sprint with Van Petegem or Museeuw, otherwise I
lose. ButÖthe Bosberg is only 12 kilometres
from the finish. (smiles)