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Bert Roesems – Wants a Win!


Bert Roesems is one of the last of the Flandrian hard men, no quarter asked or given; rain, hail, sleet, snow, wind, cobbles, bergs are all just a part of the game.

It’s the 2007 Three Days of De Panne, stage one, hilly, windy and there are men dying out there.

But at the front a powerful figure attacks constantly into the wind which scythes in off the North Sea — and he doesn’t quit his huge ‘digs’ until the race defining break has formed around him.

Gent — Wevelgem 2006 and Alessandro Petacchi’s train is derailing; despite their best efforts, a giant of a man is away on his own and defying the desperate efforts of the best lead-out men in the business.

When Bert lines up at the start of the GP Etruschi in Tuscany on February 7th it will be the first race of his 13th pro season. Lotto let Bert go this year and now he’s with Nico Mattan’s Cinelli — OPD team; he may not be Pro Tour anymore, but he’s still as keen as ever.

Recently, he took time to answer our questions about his new team and Belgian cycling in general.

Bert Roesems
Bert warms up for the Belgian Time Trial Championships. Photo©Ed Hood

My research show 28 pro wins, which one gave most satisfaction, Bert?

“I think that sounds about right, I didn’t keep count. If you separate time trials and road races; the first time I won the Belgian Elite time trial championships in 2004 after being second three times and third once, that was very satisfying.

“On the road, it would be 2006, when I won the semi-classic Nokere-Koerse in a lone break; that would have to be my best road win.”<