In Groot-Bijgaarden was Wednesday, the 58th edition of the Brabant Arrow (1.BC), that is held Wednesday, april 11, suggested. There come with Bahrain-Merida, BMC, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Quick-Step Floors, LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Dimension Data seven WorldTour teams at the start. The trail was not a lot of changes subject.
“In the Brabantse pijl will be the key words this year is continuity, tradition and experience”, says organizer Pascal Demol. “Continuity, because the peloton already for the eleventh time from Leuven will start, and the riders for the eighth time for the victory will compete on the Brusselsesteenweg in Overijse. Tradition is the passage in Alsemberg. Alsemberg and Sint-Genesius-Rode are and will remain the home of organizer Red Sporty. Finally, the experience, and here it is for the cycling enthusiasts still possible to close the atmosphere of sport to sniff. There is the accessibility. The Brabant Arrow is a price on a human scale.”
Route between Leuven and Overijse, this was not doctored. “Following is the unofficial start in the group from the Large Market there will be a local round in the centre of Leuven to take place. By road works in Oud-Heverlee, and especially in Sint-Joris-Weert will be the official start this time do not take place in Leuven, but on the Tervuursesteenweg in Heverlee. This is a few hundred metres beyond the Ring road around Leuven. New is also the passage on the Sint-Jansbergsesteenweg in Heverlee and the Nijvelsebaan in Bertem. The Smeysberg is now the first climb of the day. Through the Holstheide, that the riders are exceptionally down, again on the usual route driven. We count a total of 27 slopes up to the Brusselsesteenweg in Overijse”, concluded Pascal Demol.
Last year took the victory in the Brabant Arrow to the Italian Sonny Colbrelli. He was the Czech Petr Vakoc. Tiesj Benoot was third for Tim Wellens.
Only seven WorldTour teams: “But we do not complain”
It is a general trend to be: WorldTour teams are focusing their attention more and more on the WorldTour races. The Brabant Arrow is given with this phenomenon. Despite the fact that one day race is the label category will get fitted and with a long tradition, was the interest from WorldTour teams, but lukewarm.
“It is a pity to have to conclude that we are on Wednesday, april 11, just seven WorldTour teams at the start in Leuven. In the past that was different, but since the curtailments that the teams, but with seven riders allowed to start, a lot has changed,” says Pascal Demol.
“The teams now have less riders, also in terms of logistics, they do it with a lot less. Less riders is also less staff and a smaller fleet. So, you as the organizer a lot faster is a negative response to an invitation. But I’m not complaining. On the preliminary participants list is already the name of Sonny Colbrelli, our last winner,” continued Demol. “Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens, respectively, the third and the fourth in 2017 make their presence felt. At BMC’s Dylan Teuns present and also Quick-Step Floors in order to create a strong block. Our course with 27 slopes invites you to really rate it and that we have for years on end seen. I count also this year on a wildly exciting Brabantse pijl.”
. Participating teams
Bahrain-Merida, BMC, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Quick-Step Floors, LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Dimension Data
Aqua Blue Sports, CCC, Cofidis, Direct Energy, Israel CA, Nippo-Vini Fantini, Roompot Dutch Lottery, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Fortuneo-Samsic, Novo Nordisk, Verandas Willems-Crelan, Vital Concept, Wantry-Groupe You, WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic
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