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What Wiggins, Froome, Cavendish and Co have done for cycling on the island is very obvious. The success of those three plus of course the track sprinters have set off a real cycling euphoria. The mood the whole week was unbelievable! And I would say that it was no less than at the Tour de France. It was a celebration for us riders.

At the same time it was a good race for our team. We leave with two stage wins and I am taking a good morale with me with my success in the time trial. The week was really great even if I climb on to the plane both happy and sad. Happy, because I could finally win a time trial against international rivals again. Sad, because it was for me the last race in the same jersey with several riders. I will be in a new team in 2017. And it was the last race that I rode for Etixx under the direction of Brian Holm. It was always good with him and the team. Thank you all.

Next week things continue for me with the Eneco Tour and especially with the preparation for the World Championships. At Eneco there will be both an individual time trial and a team time trial. Some of the starters there will be the same ones with whom I will fight for the rainbow jersey. Until then, Tony.

Photo: tdwsport.com

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