Tour de l’Eurométropole is a race along the borders of France and Belgium.
“This race, among the smaller stage races, is certainly not one of the easiest,” Sport Director Tom Steels said. “It is one of the most difficult because of the wind and the continuous up and down of the parcours. It is a race where you have to always be there, to be present in the actions. It also features a strong list of participants. The winner is usually an all-rounder, good in the sprints but also able to survive on the small climbs. Riders like Nikolas Maes can use this race to suit their skills, as he won a race similar to this at the World Ports Classic. The same can be said of Guillaume Van Keirsbulck who is also strong in this type of race. But of course we have other young guys like Carlos Verona, where we would like them to get a good experience and also try to get a good result.”
The Sparkassen Muensterland Giro, a German race, is also on Thursday.
“On paper it looks like an a easy race, but it depends on the weather conditions at this point of the season,” Sport Director Davide Bramati said. “For us it will be important as it will be one of the few races we do in Germany. So, it will be important for German guys like Tony Martin and Bert Grabsch because it is a good occasion to ride in front of their public. For Tony, of course, there will be an extra motivation because of his third straight world ITT championship he won a few days ago. It will be nice to end his season at ‘home’ after such a great accomplishment.”
03.10–06.10 Tour de l’Eurométropole (BEL) 2.1
Nikolas Maes (BEL)
Frantisek Rabon (CZE)
Niki Terpstra (NED)
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL)
Kristof Vandewalle (BEL)
Martin Velits (SVK)
Carlos Verona (ESP)
Sports Director Tom Steels (BEL) & Rik van Slycke (BEL).
03.10.13 Stage 1 La Louvière – Moorslede 194.8 km
04.10.13 Stage 2 Poperinge – Poperinge 172.5 km
05.10.13 Stage 3 Hazebrouck – Nieuwpoort 164.2 km
06.10.13 Stage 4 Mons – Tournai 153.8 km
03.10 Sparkassen Muensterland Giro (GER) 1.1
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Andrew Fenn (GBR)
Michal Golas (POL)
Bert Grabsch (GER)
Iljo Keisse (BEL)
Tony Martin (GER)
Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL)
Julien Vermote (BEL)
Sports Director Davide Bramati (ITA).