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Wanty-Groupe Gobert Training And Team Presentation 2018
PeloPic: The Belgian Wanty-Groupe Gobert team have been in Spain for their winter training and 2018 presentation, staying in the resort of Benidorm and using the Hotel Nereo as their base and for the presentation on Friday afternoon, the 12th of January. Photographer Cor Vos was with the team on Wednesday for a training ride and PEZ-man Alastair Hamilton was in Benidorm for the presentation.

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General manager Jean-François Bourlart

The team will again ride the Tour de France, general manager Jean-François Bourlart had this to say of the Grand Tour selection: "I had good expectations after winning the Europe Tour and our more than successful debut in the Tour of 2017. We were a bit disappointed after our non-selection for Volta Catalunya. But this way we can offer our riders fantastic welcome news at the team training camp in Benidorm."

"Our TDF team will be stronger than in 2017. We have strengthened in the winter. In Dauphiné we will be able to make a first comparison."

"For our project and future ambitions this wildcard is very important. Yearly we have improved our results and quality of victories. In addition to the sportive aspect we have made progress in terms of support and communication. So I am extremely happy that Christian Prudhomme and ASO reward our project and vision on the sport with this wildcard."


Benidorm, -Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter (BEL) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert, MCNALLY Mark (GBR) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert and DUPONT Timothy (BEL) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert pictured in action during a Wanty - Groupe Gobert team training session on January 10, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain  - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Pieter Vanspeybrouck and Mark McNally watch Timothy Dupont 'pull a wheelie'

Benidorm, -Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - PASQUALON Andrea (ITA) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert   pictured in action during a Wanty - Groupe Gobert team training session on January 10, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain  - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Nice weather for training in the Costa Blanca mountains

Benidorm, -Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie  pictured in action during a Wanty - Groupe Gobert team training session on January 10, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain  - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
McNally not following the dodgy Belgian fashion of socks over the leg-warmers

Benidorm, -Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured in action during a Wanty - Groupe Gobert team training session on January 10, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain  - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Passing through the olive trees

Benidorm, -Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie  pictured in action during a Wanty - Groupe Gobert team training session on January 10, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain  - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Winter training couldn't be better

Benidorm, -Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter (BEL) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert, MCNALLY Mark (GBR) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert and DUPONT Timothy (BEL) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert   pictured in action during a Wanty - Groupe Gobert team training session on January 10, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain  - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Pieter Vanspeybrouck, Mark McNally and Timothy Dupont

Benidorm, -Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  DEVRIENDT Tom (BEL) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert  pictured in action during a Wanty - Groupe Gobert team training session on January 10, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain  - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Tom Devriendt and his socks

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Frederik Backaert introduces sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren

Hilaire Van der Schueren spoke of the Tour de France selection: "I have never doubted the selection, but it is still fantastic news. Participating for the second time in a row in Le Tour is a reward. ASO could not neglect is. With our offensive debut in the Tour and final victory in the Europe Tour we did everything we could. I was less sure about participating in Dauphiné. Participating is important because the type team for the Tour is formed in Dauphine. In 2017 our performance over there reassured me."

"I hope we can do better than 2017. Showing our team colours as much as possible and arriving in Paris with eight riders are our main goals. And why not a top-15 final ranking with Guillaume Martin or mixing in the bunch sprint with Timothy Dupont? The nine riders who reached Paris in 2017 have a good chance. But we also have a lot of other candidates, including our new rider Odd Eiking. I hope that Bart De Clercq will be there, although I fear that his rehabilitation will take a long time."


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Backaert and McNally

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French introductions by Yoann Offredo, Flemish for Frederik Backaert

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The 2018 Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider line-up

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Staff and riders

 


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