I’m close to the end of my season and it’s nice to be back in Holland with my family, and also nice that I don’t have to train so much anymore.
I only have one last race at the Japan Cup this weekend. It’s a lot of travel for a one-day race but I’ve heard a lot of good stories about Japan and that it’s a good race in a nice country, so I’m looking forward to going there.
It’s been a long season – I did my first race in January and the last one will be on Sunday, in the middle of October. Even though it was a long season, in general, it’s been a good season for me.
I just missed one really big win in a big race and that’s what I’m personally disappointed about. For the rest, in general, I’ve had a lot of podium spots, top 10 places, and in the Tour de France I was seventh, and top 10 for a third consecutive year [seventh in 2015, tenth in 2014 and sixth in 2013].
When it comes to results you always hope to do better and I think there is still some space for improvement. For example, my Classics season in April was not so good this year but I think that was because of my crash at the Basque Country [Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco].
Of course, you always hope to have better results than what you had but I’m satisfied with the overall level I had this year.
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