Lotto Soudal draws with a full Belgian squad at the Vuelta. Tiesj Benoot is one of the leaders. After the crash and entered in the Tour de France will be the 24-year-old man from East-flanders with lots of ambition in the Spanish stage race.
Benoot crashed in the fourth stage of the Tour de France. The medical verdict was harsh: a broken shoulder, bruised ribs and wrist, meant the end of his Tour the France. After a period of recovery and a hoogtestage in Livigno wants the Gentenaar his strong legs showing in the Vuelta. “After my crash in the Tour of France, I spent five days on my bike”, he shows by his team again. “Afterwards, I am again at home, start cycling and I have my muscles and joints arranged to allow loosening the physiotherapist and osteopath. When I was slightly feeling better, I am immediately on the training camp to Livigno left. I have three weeks of good training and prepared me on the further season – with specific focus on the Vuelta and the world championships at the end of september. Occasionally I feel my shoulder a bit, but it bothers me not on the bike. I’m certainly not less of driving.”
“Last Sunday I rode with the Cyclassics Hamburg my first race after the Tour and my legs felt good. Of course, it is still wait and see how the shape is for the greater rondewerk, but that will be in the first week. The second stage is one with a hard finish, and the fourth stage ends on a climb of first category. I will quickly know what I’m up to, but I have definitely a good feeling.”
“If I have a road view, it strikes me that there are many opportunities for the escapees. What is still one of the biggest differences is with the Tour de France. This year, it was the breakaway in the Tour’s already a bit more space than in previous years, what is my task in the contest to extra pity. On the other hand, it is also nice that I in the Vuelta again opportunities get in order to keep ahead. And there seems to be in the Tour of Spain, also less stress in the peloton, which certainly in the first week, reassuring.”
“I have no specific trip in mind, but there are definitely different stages that me. I know for example that the second and fourth stage of opportunities, but I look at it from day to day. There are some, however, arrivals uphill or sprints after a descent to something more difficult stages… the Stages that me. Of course, you can the price never predict, but I feel good and look very forward to being in Spain cycling.”