BMC pulls with two Belgians to the Tour of Italy, which is Friday (4 may) in Jerusalem begins. Jürgen Roelandts is riding his second Giro, Loïc Fly makes its debut.
“I hope to see some nice sprints to work,” says the 32-year-old Roelandts, who in 2016, gave up in the Giro. “I have no more gekoerst since Paris-Roubaix so the first day is the what is wait. In the Giro, there is always a little less stress than in the Tour. You can compare with Milan-Sanremo. The beginning is a little lighter but the finale is explosive. I love that way of racing.”
Loïc Fly on his 24th for the first time appeared in the Tour of Italy. “I look forward to the competition to discover,” says Fly. “I hope a lot of experience, and even to slip in an escape. I’ll just take it day by day, and will try to go in a flight during a stage in which the final me is.”
The Australian Rohan Dennis hopes Friday immediately to score in the openingstijdrit about 9.4 km in Jerusalem. Then, he wants to wait and see if there is a good classification of the movie. “I have been training to be a better climber after four or five hours of competition. This Giro should my make it clear where I stand on that area,” he says.
In addition, Dennis also has Nicholas Roche has his eye on the standings. The Irishman wants to be “aggressive racing and see how far I can go in the rankings”.
The American team consists of the experienced Spaniard Francisco Ventoso, already good for two stage wins in the Giro, the Italian Alessandro De Marchi, the Luxemburger Jempy Drucker and the Swiss Kilian Frankiny.