Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol)
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Lotto Belisol not giving up GC hopes
Jurgen Van Den Broeck said the best way to break Bradley Wiggins’s and Team Sky’s hegemony at the Tour de France was all out attack in the mountains.
The Lotto Belisol rider who slipped a place from eighth to ninth on the GC following the Besançon time trial on Monday added that the British squad had looked under pressure on stage 8 to Porrentruy when various riders – including himself and team-mate Jelle Vanendert – attacked on the final ascent during the tough seven-climb stage.
“To control the race they are the strongest but when others go full gas sometimes they’re also on the limit,” said the lanky climber on the first rest day in Macon on Tuesday afternoon.
“I think [our tactics] will be the same as all the other teams we’re going to attack now. They [Team Sky] have a gap and we need to attack,” he told reporters. “When I put in the attack it’s going to be full gas.
“We saw a couple of days ago that when Jelle [Vanendert] put up the tempo a lot of guys got in trouble. It’s not so many guys who can answer and maybe if it’s more open like that more guys will attack to make the race hard. That will be nice because we’ve only had 10kms uphill until now,” said the 29-year-old, referring to the summit finish in La Planche des Belles Filles.
Van den Broeck, who finished fourth in the 2010 Tour, and Vanendert were clearly relishing the approach of the high mountains and said the squad had identified “four maybe five” stages where there were opportunities to launch forays off the front.
Van den Broeck also said the race missed Alberto Contador as the Alps approached. “I think we miss Contador in the mountains like this because he can really make war on those climbs. He’s a man who can attack not once but ten times and that makes the race really hard. Instead of putting the tempo really high he can put it
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