[su_quote cite=Ben O'Connor]
Ben O'Connor: "Confirmation that I can play with the best
"I am very happy with my week. In addition to my stage win, it's confirmation that I can play with the best in the general classification on a UCI World Tour race.
Wearing the leader's jersey for one day was a great experience for me and the team. The guys were on top of their game. For my part, I remember that we will have to be calmer next time.
Of course I was sad to lose the jersey after the stage but I have no regrets. We did our best every day and this is the best place we could get.
I am now looking at the Tour de Romandie. After my retirement from Paris-Nice, I want to get a great result in this race and the following ones. I'm vindictive."[/su_quote]
Clément Venturini finished 7th in La Roue Tourangelle Centre Val de Loire.
Marc Sarreau, ill and withdrawn, remains leader in the French Cup.
Gent-Wevelgem : Greg Van Avermaet 17th
Greg Van Avermaet finished 17th in Gent-Wevelgem.
"It was a tactical race. I'm happy to have been up front today. I am only ten meters short of the group that is fighting for the win. There is a little bit of disappointment but that's how it is. There are two races left next week to get a result in the classics," said Greg Van Avermaet.