In 2012, Sep Vanmarcke in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, he loved when Tom Boonen and Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha behind. Last year picked up the 29-year old West-Flemish are again a podium finish in the Belgian opening classic, in a sprint of three he had, Greg Van Avermaet and Peter Sagan for go. The following Saturday a second victory? Sunday wait already a rematch in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, which Vanmarcke however, it will start. “I look forward to the Belgian opening weekend.”
“We are already six years after my victory”, commented Vanmarcke Thursday in Lokeren back. “Everyone thought then that I Circulation a couple of times would win. But that hasn’t happened yet. Last year, I wanted to still complete in the sprint, but Van Avermaet and Sagan were just too strong. Maybe I am Saturday on the new trail again.”
“I look forward to the Belgian opening weekend, and with me probably thousands of cycling enthusiasts. The Omloop het Nieuwsblad is the first major race of the spring, and also the first partly over cobblestones. Actually, it is a pity that the old trail is gone, because that had, according to me also something. This new version had rested an additional course may be.”
A new course requires a new tactic. “When I was 50 kilometers from the place price, now not more. The times are different. But indeed, that new course, which means that the re-scan will be, as the first time with the new Tour of Flanders. After a few years of that trajectory there in chiseled.”
“Greg Van Avermaet start as the big favourite. If he goes, you are. But others also want to make something. The Omloop het Nieuwsblad, partly due to the upgrade to the WorldTour, every year, gained greater significance. Technically, there can be at me. ‘There’s still a rack’, as it is called. I have only ten race days will be oddly in the legs. The top form is still to come but I feel good. How good I really am, I know Saturday night in Meerbeke.”
EF Education First-Drapac with seven nationalities in opening classic
The American EF Education First-Drapac, the successor of Cannondale, the Saturday in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, with seven different nationalities. Leader is Sep Vanmarcke. He is assisted by the Dane Matti Breschel, the Australian Mitchell Docker, the New Zealander Tom Scully, the American Logan Owen, the Italian rider Sacha Modolo and Dutchman Sebastian Langeveld. That last is medekopman.
“The parcours of Omloop het Nieuwsblad was completely redrawn. It is certainly not easier to become”, explained directeur sportif Andreas Gland. “The finale is that of the former Tour of Flanders. Not simply with the Wall of Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg as the final two climbs. We have with the team a very good preparation behind us. In the Ruta del Sol and the Tour of Valencia, a connection between the men. The Omloop het Nieuwsblad is an ideal indicator to know where we stand after the preparation. Saturday night know my riders how good their condition is with the view of the next classics.”
“It is cold in Belgium, but for Saturday they predict fortunately, the weather is dry. That’s not always been the case in the Circulation. I know that all too well, because as a rider I have sufficiently apart in Ghent. It is a heavy price, especially as the peloton the whole day nervous driving and then there are the nasty slopes and the exhaustive kasseizones. But that just makes the Omloop het Nieuwsblad a brilliant competition that everyone on his list wants. That Belgian opening classic is a very important appointment on the calendar.”
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