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Kelderman surprised by fifth place on return: ‘It went much better than expected’ | NOW

Wilco Kelderman surprised himself quite a bit when he returned to the Volta a Catalunya. The born Amersfoorter finished fifth in the final classification of the Spanish WorldTour race on Sunday.

“I think we drove a very successful Volta a Catalunya, with two stage victories and a good position in the general classification,” says Kelderman on the website of his team BORA-hansgrohe. “That was what we came for and we have achieved it. The team spirit is good and we can be happy with our performance.”

The 29-year-old Dutchman made his comeback in Catalonia after being hit by a car during a training session around Lake Garda in January. In the accident, he sustained a concussion and a broken spine.

Kelderman recovered faster than expected, allowing him to participate in the Volta a Catalunya. He held up well in the standings and was just over a minute behind winner Adam Yates fifth in the standings.

“I am very happy with how my recovery is going after the training accident on Lake Garda,” said the BORA-hansgrohe rider. “It went much better than I expected.”

Kelderman will be the leader in Tour next summer

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Kelderman has had a lot of bad luck in his career. In recent years he has suffered from back problems, a broken finger and a broken left collarbone and has undergone four operations on his right collarbone.

A week before Kelderman’s accident, BORA-hansgrohe announced that the Dutch rider will go to the Tour de France as the leader this summer.

In more than a week he will be at the start of the Tour of the Basque Country. After that he will ride the Amstel Gold Race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Critérium du Dauphiné and thus the Tour.

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