A few of the riders who raced on Wednesday will line up again at this semi-classic that has a tendency to finish in a bunch kick for the line.
Last year Tom Veelers (NED) finished fourth here, with Luka Mezgec (SLO) just metres behind in seventh. Both these riders will return to try and better this result as a team and will be joined by Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) as he continues his preparation for the major classics and Nikias Arndt (GER) who is also capable of a result in the sprint finish.
After a week racing in France at Paris – Nice, Bert De Backer (BEL) also returns to the action in Belgium, bringing his experience to the team to try to help in getting a result here at Handzame.
“The final is flat here but that’s not to say it is an easy one,” said Rudi Kemna (NED), Team Giant-Shimano coach. “It is a real semi-classic with lots of corners and also some cobblestone roads to navigate.
“We have a strong team here with good sprinters in Nikias and Luka, as well as experienced guys like Tom and Bert. We will try to control the race and target a bunch sprint, and we can put our strong lead-out to good use to go for the best possible result.”
Handzame Classic (1.1)
Jonas Ahlstrand (SWE)
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Bert De Backer (BEL)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Sea Keong Loh (MAL)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
Tom Veelers (NED)
Rudi Kemna (NED)