At the end of a tough Ghent-Wevegem in which he was part of the leading break all day, Jeremy Hunt finished tenth in the prestigious Belgian Classic. His top ten placing was Great Britain's best result on Wednesday.
Speaking to Cycling Weekly just after he had showered and changed, Hunt said; ?I was really empty today, couldn?t follow, couldn?t do anything. Right now, I don?t even know what placing I got.?
Told he?d finished tenth, Hunt said he was very satisfied, ?considering the way I went over the Kemmel both times. There wasn?t much going on in my legs today!?
Cervelo had been active right from the start, upping the pace and placing several of their riders in the main move that went in the first hour, including Hunt and his British team-mate Daniel Lloyd.
?We took the initiative, because if you don?t want other teams to do it to you, you?ve got to do it to them,? Hunt reflected.
?At the end of the day, once the break?s gone, it?s just as hard racing in one group or another. And you never know, say we?d all come in [finished] at the same time, maybe it would have been different.?
However, when the winning two-man break of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-Highroad) and Aleksandr Kuschynski (Liquigas) took off, Hunt says it was effectively game over.
?That?s cycling, the two that went away were strongest and there wasn?t much we could do.?
?At least we showed we could work well as a team again, even though we?ve been going hard since the Tour of Qatar - or even before then, at the training camp. We?ll get through Sunday and then have a well-earned rest.?
Cervélo have already done their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix cobbled sections, so the plan is to rest up with just one bigger ride of about four hours on Friday.
?We?ll just take it easy til Sunday and hope for the best. There?s only one more day and we?ll give it our best shot.?
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