Lotto Belisol: The season of the breakthrough for Jens Debusschere
Today we review the season of Jens Debusschere, which he completed with four victories. His cycling year began in the Tour de San Luis, where he collected two top ten places. That turned out to be an omen for the rest of the year with several top ten results that followed. In the first stage of Paris-Nice he sprinted to place four, a day later he became eighth. Afterwards he was fifth in the final stage of the Tour de Picardie, third in the Omloop van het Houtland, fifth in Binche-Chimay-Binche and in the Eurométropole Tour he finished each day in the top ten with of course the win on day one.
Debusschere showed himself in the spring races. In the final of Ghent-Wevelgem he was part of a front group of thirteen riders. Because of a flat tyre the 24-year-old man from West-Flanders was dropped. A pity, because the break with the future winner Peter Sagan stayed ahead. There was more bad luck for the Lotto Belisol rider in 2013. In June he crashed in the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse and fractured his radius. Debusschere made his comeback in the Tour de Wallonie.
At the end of this season Jens Debusschere had his breakthrough thanks to getting his first victory as a professional in the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen Koolskamp. Then he got a stage win in the Eurométropole Tour and the overall victory. Finally he won the Slutingsprijs Putte-Kapellen.
Jens Debusschere: “I look back on this season with some astonishment. My goal was to win at least one race, it have become four. I had never expected to win so many races in such a short time. The first race I won was Koolskamp Koers on the 20th of September, I reeled in my last victory in Putte-Kapellen on the 15th of October. It gave me a special feeling when I won for the first time at the pros in Koolskamp. In the Eurométropole Tour the whole team was strong and that resulted in a stage win and overall victory. In the spring I mainly rode for our leader Jürgen Roelandts. But at the end of the year I could take my chance on several occasions.”
“Because of a crash in the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse I was out for a few weeks because of a wrist fracture. That’s why I could fully concentrate on the end of the season. I started the second part of the season fresher and that turned out to be my advantage. I’m now a pro for three years at the Lotto team and feel that I keep getting stronger. I also get a lot of confidence from the team and that motivates me. There is also a smooth cooperation with the team directors who give me advice.”
“This holiday is welcome. I let my bike aside and after a month I’ll start the winter trainings. I’m already looking forward to next season, because we can welcome some new riders like Tony Gallopin and Maxime Monfort. The team is getting stronger and that can only be good for us.”
Victories Jens Debusschere 2013:
20/09: Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen Koolskamp
03/10 : Stage 1 Eurométropole Tour
06/10 : GC Eurométropole Tour
15/10: Nationale Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen