No Nikolas Maes at Lotto-Soudal, Wednesday, at the start of the 73rd Dwars door Vlaanderen in Roeselare. The 31-year-old is sick, and thereby forced to give up.
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“Nikolas Maes was sick in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday and had to deal with stomach flu. Hence, we decided him not to start,” says sports director Frederik Willems. “Maes is on the list for the Tour of Flanders. We await further health condition.”
Lotto-Soudal therefore start with only six riders in Roeselare. At six, with Jelle Wallays (2015) and Jens Debusschere (2016) up to two ex-winners from Across Flanders.