Coach Sven Vanthourenhout has to actually take the plunge. He made Monday his world cup selection, with no place for Kevin Pauwels. Whoever it is, is Toon Aerts, Tim Merlier, Daan Soete and Quinten Hermans.
Selection: Wout van Aert, Toon Aerts, Laurens Sweeck, Michael Vanthourenhout, Tim Merlier, Daan Soete and Quinten Hermans.
A place in the Belgian world cup squad is a reward for Quinten Hermans’ strong debut with the big boys. The neo pro of Telenet-Fidea cycling team was in its first world Cup, earning a third place in Iowa. Afterwards, he brought that good form back to Europe, which resulted in the most consistent results of the four contenders for a spot on the world championship. He picked up this year even though his first profzege in Meilen.