Robert Gesink suffered during the 205 kilometres between Waremme and the Mur de Huy, but enjoyed racing again. Robert finished in 25th place at 23 seconds behind winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
“I’m happy to be back, I’m feeling like a cyclist again,” Gesink said.
“This was all I could do today after a long period without races, but I'm satisfied with my level. I'm happy the hard work paid off. My knee feels good, but I still miss some power.
“During the first kilometres, when the side-winds split the pack, I wasn’t able to keep the wheel of the rider in front of me. That’s never happened to me before as a professional. I’m quite tough, though, and when the rest of the riders were weakened, I was able to follow.”