"It was a beautiful day for a bike race. The first part was pretty uneventful for me, I felt good and even over the Kanarieberg I was still feeling good.
"Then we hit the Kruisberg/Hotond and then basically my wheels fell off. I just didn’t have the legs."
"In the first part of the race Barbara (Guarischi) did an amazing job for me, always bringing me to the front group. I punctured after the Kanarieberg on the flat section. I went from being in the front group over the Kanarieberg to chasing the fourth or fifth group before the Kruisberg/Hotond. Then, group by group, I took them back alone but by the time I got to the second group my race was over.
"When you feel good and you have good legs, then it’s disappointment of course.
"For me it was a little bit of a strange race, it was very different to last year. Some people could go away but only ever solo and no groups really wanted to form and work together to go in a break in early stages.
"Boels were on the front in a lot of the climbs and riding it slow.
When we got to the Kanarieberg we were still a big group and positioning was hard because people were swarming. On the Kruisberg/Hotond I was still in the front group but I could feel I was near the limit.