The Belgian semi-classic ended as expected with a mass sprint. There, BORA-hansgrohe rider Pascal Ackermann, who asked for second place, crossed in front of Jensen.
The Norwegian rider went straight into the asphalt with dozens of competitors behind him. Jensen was lying on the asphalt and was immediately supervised by a medical team. Afterwards, the northerner was pictured sitting on the ground with blood on his face.
Jensen lined up for an interview on the way into the team bus.
– It is not so easy to remember exactly what happened. The pictures afterwards show that Ackermann cuts my front wheel. Then I roll over, but exactly how it happened I do not remember very well right now, the northerner says to TV 2.
– It’s probably a small concussion, a bit like I see it in my mind. I know myself what I remember and do not remember. It’s not very easy. “Shit happens,” he continues.
German Ackermann was displaced for the maneuver.
– Do you think it was the right decision?
– It is very difficult to tell me when I do not remember the situation. But based on the pictures I have seen, I think he makes an abrupt movement, answers the 29-year-old, who aims to be able to ride bikes again in five days.
On Wednesday night, a new medical check-up awaits, he states.
The replacement of Ackermann made Niccoló Bonifazio move up to second place and Bryan Coquard to the podium. Caleb Ewan won the race.
The Riwal Securitas camp came with an uplifting message about Jensen just over half an hour after the finish.
– Yes, he’s OK. He is very bruised and has a lot of abrasions on his head and body, but apparently nothing is broken, says the team’s press manager, Emil Bønding, to TV 2.
Seven Norwegians were on the starting line in Belgium on Wednesday. Alexander Kristoff was among them. He did not drive for his own chances in the sprint, but served as an assistant rider for teammate Jasper Philipsen.
Kristoff lay at the forefront of the field during the draw. He says he felt good, which is good news ahead of Sunday’s TV 2 broadcast Flandern Rundt.
– It was uplifting. I think I could have done a pretty good spurt myself, but I’m not as fast as Caleb Ewan, for example. I probably would not have won, but I could have managed the top five if I had tried, says Kristoff to TV 2.
– What are your expectations for Sunday?
– I dream of winning, but I feel that the best may be a notch better. I have to be a little lucky then, the UAE rider answers.