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Lotto Belisol: Preview Vuelta with Jelle Vanendert

Jelle Vanendert is one of the nine names in the Vuelta selection of Lotto Belisol. The man from Limburg had a season filled with bad luck among other he was forced to abandon the Vuelta al País Vasco because of an inflammation of his oesophagus. Also in the Critérium du Dauphiné he had to quit. A parasite turned out to be the cause of his physical problems. He missed the Tour because of this and came back in competition in the Tour de Wallonie. Now Vanendert is going to the Vuelta. He talks about his plans and goals.

Jelle Vanendert: “I reacted good after the Tour de Wallonie and Tour de Pologne and feel better than before. Both races were necessary to set a step forward. My shape is now a whole lot better. After the Tour de Pologne I took a few days to recuperate and then I started with a week and a halve of endurance trainings and specific trainings in the Ardennes. This Vuelta is very important for my season. I’ll try and set things straight. I’m not going to Spain with GC ambitions, but I’m going to pick out some stages in which I want to pursue a good result.”

“Next to that I’ll also support Bart De Clercq in his battle for a good GC. We have a strong team for this Vuelta with which we have many opportunities. Depending on the type of hills in the different stages, we can decide within the team which rider can take his chance. We’ll race offensively and that’s why I expect us to perform strong as a team.”

“For me the Vuelta will be successful if I have the feeling to be back on my highest level, so the feeling I had in the classics last year or in the Tour 2011. If I will have been able to perform on a high level three weeks long but I haven’t won a stage, I guess I won’t be disappointed. First I have to get a good feeling.”

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