Frenchman Thomas Voeckler finished in a creditable seventh place yesterday at the World Championships in Limburg, Holland, riding on his team issue Colnago C59 Italia.
Having made the event a big objective for the latter part of his season, he was the designated leader of the French team and looked strong throughout the 265km event. With around 80km to go, Voeckler followed a move by Alberto Contador of Spain on the climb of the Cauberg, quickly bridging to the front of the race to form a group of 29 riders, including two teammates, Jerome Coppel and Maxime Bouet.
Despite the combined efforts of the French and Spanish domestiques, the group was caught by the remainder of the peloton with two laps of the 16.5km circuit remaining. Although Voeckler had no teammates left for the finale, he remained philosophical about missing out on a medal.
“You can always do better,” Voeckler said in a post-race interview with Cyclingnews.com. “It’s true that from the second last lap I didn’t have any teammates with me, although some of them had fallen, like Tony Gallopin. But from the top of the Cauberg I didn’t have to make any superhuman efforts anyway, so I didn’t use up any more energy than I would have done. I’m disappointed but I don’t have any regrets.”