Dries Devenyns is back with a vengeance. He came on the 11th of march not the start of the final stage of Paris-Nice and went through after a medical control, due to persistent back problems, a herniaoperatie. Friday resumed Dries Devenyns again the competition in Dwars door het Hageland (1.1). This after a period of more than three months.
“So it is wait and see how Dries, who first wedstrijdkilometers will digest. Just for him as it is for us coffee grounds to see how technically strong he is”, says sports director Geert Van Bondt. “Devenyns is a whole period out. The most important thing is that after his surgery he was again pain free can bikes. Question is how that will translate in a real course. Dries passes after cutting through the Hageland also the Elfstedenronde in Bruges, Halle-Ingooigem and the Belgian championship on the road in Binche. Then he pulls on stage in Livigno. A participation in the Tour is no longer an issue. Maybe he can start in the Tour of Spain, but that the future must reveal.”
Elia Viviani will resume the competition after the Round of Italy. Therein, he obtained a four stage wins.
“Also with him is to wait and see how it feels after a short inactivity. Also Florian Sénéchal drove off after the Giro, no price more. But the men trained of course, and are technically strong. Question is just how strong? For what concerns Across the region of Hageland, there are, among other things yet for Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen, though, I don’t think that a sprint will come on this rather difficult course”, said Geert Van Bondt.