By winning the 4th and last stage of the Tour de Wallonie Picarde (the former Circuit Franco Belge), Robbie McEwen re-took the yellow jersey and is the overall winner. McEwen, who won 12 stages in the Tour de France as well as in the Tour of Italy, won this stage race previously in 2002.
This was not expected today, said race winner Robbie McEwen. This was a hard stage with seven climbs of the Col de la Croix de Jubaru. Despite the heat I felt good today and actually felt better and better as the stage went on. I knew that I could take the overall victory by winning the stage and when Veelers or Sutton were not in the top three. And thats what happened. To be honest, this was an easy sprint for me. I choose the right wheel, that of Sutton and could easily pass him. This proves Im still there in cycling.
In Tournai he took his fifth victory of the season for Team RadioShack, but for the 39-year-old rider, the season is not over yet. Oh, yes, the season is not over yet. I hope I can show the same fast legs in Paris-Tours. That would be nice. Ive never won that race.
Team Director Dirk Demol added, Again I have big respect for the rider Robbie McEwen. I admire his motivation. January through October, it doesnt matter for McEwen. There was nice work from the team too. We didnt have to defend the leaders jersey but we were in all of the breaks. First Shalunov was in a break of 11. Then he was alone for 30k. In the end Kwiatkowski and Lequatre were also in breaks. But it ended in a sprint and Robbie created the crowning moment. We are very satisfied.
After the 2011 season Robbie McEwen will relocate back to Australia and will start his last season as he always has. I will do some Australian races, followed by Qatar or Oman and the Flemish classics. Then it will be over and out, McEwen concluded.