“It should be better in the new season,” said manager Jurgen Mettepenningen of Marlux-Bingoal Monday in the East-Flemish Hamme at the performance of the team for the winter of 2018-2019. “I want more podiums and more wins.”
Marlux-Bingoal has a less season behind them in the field. Kevin Pauwels won, no cross, even obtained a no podium finish, but plenty of fourth, fifth, sixth, or further places. The Kalmthoutenaar was also not selected for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Hoogerheide.
Michael Vanthourenhout was the other leader. The West-Fleming holds a seven second or third places and won one cross in Lebbeke at the end of the season, and then he gave up the year with an unexpected silver medal at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS cyclo-cross extra color. Klaas albert worked then took again leave of the field.
It speaks for itself, Marlux-Bingoal want to do better in the new season. “After a difficult winter, it should be better now”, says manager Jurgen Mettepenningen. “Last year we were just not in our doing, performed under level. A team such as Marlux should always be able to compete for the stage, that we are to our status as required. We should have more podiums and more wins, such as two, three years ago. Of course, this will not be evident, with the two top riders Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, we remain realistic, but we are strong in the breadth and try to be ‘the best of the rest’. If there are any opportunities arise at the victory, we should with both hands grasping.”
The signs are, according to the manager, get a good. Gianni Meersman was last year during the season even if a trainer is attracted to turn the tide. “Gianni last year, learned a lot as a coach, but to the preparation in the summer, he could nothing to adjust. Now he has the preparation guide in the right direction and things are addressed differently. The summer is also increasingly important for the cx and we see that our riders progress made and that the new approach pays off. Michael and Eli Iserbyt have finals ridden on the road in a way that I have not yet seen, and from it I infer that they are progression. I firmly believe, have confidence, and see the new season with optimism.”
Vanthourenhout is now, in fact, the absolute leader of the team. “After Mathieu and Wout, he is intrinsically the best crosser in the world”, believes the manager. “He is a top talent, only he has more time to grow than the other two. Furthermore, I strongly believe in Kevin Pauwels, and he should make sure his chance. He is not yet worn out, he has better test completed last year in this period. He works together with Peter Hespel, and I believe that we are once again the Kevin going to see who will be killed for the stage.”
In addition, the team is also the champion of the promises in the ranks, Eli Iserbyt, and should also of Laura Verdonschot and Alicia Franck and are to be expected. Further, the team also boast with a strong core in the junior and novices. “I have faith in our youth”, he ended, “in all jeugdreeksen, we have winners who can finish”.