Tim Wellens rode never the classics, but after his glansprestatie in the Ruta del Sol, he stands Saturday as one of the favourites at the start of the Omloop het Nieuwsblad. The 26-year-old Limburger explored Thursday, even as the route of the 73rd Circulation, of which only 18: 15 at the press conference of Lotto Soudal in the riders ‘ hotel appeared.
“Two days before the race I will ride again like with the bike,” said Wellens. “That is so not otherwise. I scored all abroad, and was himself somewhat surprised about it. There were also quite a few good names at the start of the Ruta del Sol. Then it is extra nice that my name is also on the roll of honour of this race shines.”
“I am very charmed by the new finale of the Circulation. Partly because I absolutely wanted to complete the opening classic drive. That match is me just now something more than before. I find the ride on cobblestones is not really fun, but in such rates since you can simply not ignore. Advantage is that I have the old final of the Circulation do not know, but the new finale, however, other races such as the Eneco Tour. I know the trail but missing the experience of knowing where I should sit during the match. Whom I as a bodyguard, see? I’m thinking of a Lawrence Naesen or Lars Bak.”
By his performance at the Ruta del sol is Tim Wellens suddenly one of the favorites. “Well, they say that. It can quickly condition… I hope of course that it’s true, but I have the Circulation never driven so it is still a bit to wait. I have already had very good legs. The condition is there. Or the once that I have the Circulation continue, we will Saturday night. I feel quite well and my physical tests are perfect. Tom Boonen, now a consultant at Lotto Loudal is best taken. I’m sure to for advice.”
Wellens is normally the man of the Walloon classics: what Wall terrain, that of Geraardsbergen or that of Huy? “On a training ride, I prefer the Walloon races, maybe I will after Saturday something else will be said by the audience…”