Jan Bakelants concerned for future after Euskaltel-Euskadi failure
Last Updated: September 24, 2013 2:12pm
Jan Bakelants in yellow, but now the Tour de France hero finds himself looking for a team
Jan Bakelants admits he has no idea what his future holds after the failure of Euskaltel team was confirmed on Monday.
Bakelants, who held the yellow jersey in the early stage of the Tour de France, was due to sign for the Spanish team with Formula One driver Fernando Alonso closing on a takeover.
But that deal officially fell through on Monday, leaving the Belgian without a team at the end of easily his best season in the professional ranks.
He took a superb solo victory on stage two of the Tour, holding the lead for two days, and continued his form last week with victory in the Grand Prix de Wallonie.
But Bakelants now joins the list of riders from Euskaltel and Vacansoleil, among others, who are scrambling for World Tour rides in 2014.
"The sky fell on my head. And that's an understatement," Bakelants told Gazet van Antwerpen.
"Since Monday my future as a cyclist is again uncertain. I had an agreement with the team of Fernando Alonso - the old Euskaltel-Euskadi. It was really important to me - they wanted me really.
"Until then I was certain of my team for next season, even the contract were ready. They would be signed here in Tuscany, but now the project will not happen. The dream is shattered and now I have to continue.
"I have a great Tour de France behind me and proved last week in Wallonia that I am in great shape, but at the same time it is extremely difficult to eradicate the uncertainty about next year out of my head."