On the start list are riders like world champion Rui Costa, Simon Gerrans, Alexander Kristoff, Giacomo Nizzolo and Greg Van Avermaet. Tony Gallopin, Jürgen Roelandts, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens, who recently won the Eneco Tour, are part of the Lotto Belisol selection. Marc Wauters is the sports director and he gives his preview.
Marc Wauters: “We start with a strong team, with several riders that can win. Tim Wellens showed in the Eneco Tour that he’s in an excellent shape. He rode very attentively in Plouay last year already. Then Jürgen Roelandts got fourth. Tony Gallopin will also be motivated to set a good result. Jelle Vanendert did well in Overijse on Wednesday.”
“I expect a race like the World Championships. On this course the World Chapionships of 2000 took place of course. The last laps are decisive and definitely the last lap, then it will be full gas on the last climb. Last year for example a group took off early and the peloton kept control. The last three laps the race broke loose. The riders will definitely feel the succession of climbs.”
“The riders, of all teams, will definitely want to show themselves to get a selection for the World Championships. This is a last test and that makes the race only harder. The French teams will be strong and will want to control the race.”
Selection Lotto Belisol:
Lars Bak, Kris Boeckmans, Stig Broeckx, Tony Gallopin, Jürgen Roelandts, Dennis Vanendert, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.
Sports director: Marc Wauters.