Tim Wellens aims for Gold at Rio Olympics
Jul 20 2016 07:31 pm CET

Tim Wellens aims for Gold at Rio Olympics
Tim Wellens aims for Gold at Rio Olympics

Belgian cyclist Tim Wellens is determined to compete for Gold at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Wellens, who on Monday won the overall classification of the Tour de Pologne, has returned to his home in Monaco but is already starting to prepare for the Olympics.

Talking to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, Wellens clearly specified his next goal: "Gold at the games. I've worked really hard for that," he said.

The Lotto-Soudal rider also spoke about the importance of his victory in Poland: "I would say that the Tour de Pologne is as important as the Eneco Tour, which I won twice. The course is heavier but the opposition isn't as strong as in the Tour de France. The Tour de Pologne takes place in the shadow of the Tour de France, which is justified."

The timing of the Tour de Pologne also meant that media attention was limited. Asked whether Wellens thought it was a shame that everybody focused on the Tour, he said that it's not a problem for him.

"I don't ride for other people. And I did take 106 WorldTour points in Poland. Not everybody can say that."

Wellens took part in last year's edition of the Tour de France but finished in a disappointing 129th position. He was more successful as a stage hunter in this year's Giro d'Italia, winning stage 6 and wearing the Blue Jersey (mountains classification) for three days.
Photo of Tim Wellens (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal





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