“Dwars door Vlaanderen can go two ways,” said Boven. “Often a big group makes it to the line, but with bad weather the race can be get very hard. When that happens maybe only a handful of riders will remain. For us, it doesn’t matter that much. With Moreno Hofland and Maarten Wynants we have a strong sprinter and a real classic rider. They will lead the team. The other riders know how to handle the course as well and they will give their all to support Moreno and Maarten. We have another fast sprinter with Barry Markus, too.”
Hofland looks ahead to this weekend and a return to one-day classic racing. “After Paris-Nice, it’s good to do some training hours on Flemish roads again in order to get ready for Dwars door Vlaanderen. It’s smart to get used to the cobbles, and the twisting and turning again ahead of the race.”
Hofland knows that other riders will watch him after his second place in Kuurne and his stage win in Paris-Nice. It will not affect the talented Dutchman, however. “People will watch me but I will just approach the race the same way as I did Kuurne. I want to start the race open-minded. My shape is good and I hope to be there when the race explodes.”
Jetse Bol, Jos van Emden, Rick Flens, Moreno Hofland, Nick van der Lijke, Barry Markus, Robert Wagner and Maarten Wynants.
Sports Director: Jan Boven