A little after 9.30 am is the world CHAMPIONSHIP road race in the elite men on course shot in Kufstein. The Belgians are this time certainly not a favorite, but coach Kevin De Weert has a plan ready. “Saturday night is on the tactical discussion all reviewed, after the various individual conversations earlier this week,” he says. “Everyone knows what his job is.”
Follow here LIVE the world cup from start to finish!
There awaits them 258,5 km, 4670 vertical metres and a finish line in Innsbruck. Eight kilometers before the Gramartboden, a steep climb, to be restrained. The absolute favourite is Julian Alaphilippe, but also Alejandro Valverde and Primoz Roglic qualify for the victory. From the Belgian side is look for the four team leaders Tiesj Benoot, Greg Van Avermaet, Dylan Teuns and Tim Wellens. Wait and see is also what the triple world champion Peter Sagan from his hat up.
The weather gods were Austria favours over the past week, outside of a little rain on Monday morning, and the sun was Sunday again of the party in Kufstein. Nine degrees at the start, but it is getting warmer during the day and at the finish line is 21 degrees expected. Beautiful koersweer so, for hopefully a good world cup.
Belgians are not allowed to play hide and seek
The Belgian selection was hoping Sunday morning is not between the other teams to deploy to the teamparking at the start in Kufstein, and wanted to a little park in all the rest to prepare for the world cup. The police was there, however, does not agree, so there had to be moved to the official teamparking and no hide-and-seek could be played.
Coach Kevin De Weert argued that the Belgians are ready for the world cup. “Saturday night is on the tactical discussion all reviewed, after the various individual conversations earlier this week,” he says. “Everyone knows what his job is. The riders are also motivated by the results provided by the other Belgians are together cycled the past couple of days.”
Belgium is not a well-liked and the price is not wear. “For us it’s an open course,” said the coach. “We do not need to wait until the end.”
The absolute favourite is Julian Alaphilippe, also Alejandro Valverde and Primoz Roglic be frequently mentioned. In addition, there are a number of other contenders: Rigoberto Uran, the brothers Yates, the Italian block, with Vincenzo Nibali and Gianni Moscon.
In addition Alaphilippe can the French still extract with Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, and finally issues the Netherlands is a strong selection, with Tom Dumoulin, Bauke Mollema, Wout Poels and Steven Kruijswijk. Also, with Michal Kwiatkowski must be taken into account. The world champion of Ponferrada there has already been a long season, but it was Wednesday still fourth in the time trial and also Rafal Majka makes sure a chance.
“I write Sagan not print”
Finally, look for Peter Sagan. The triple world champion said himself that he didn’t have much chance of getting a fourth sweater, but he prepared himself in the Vuelta be able to and would 2 kilograms lighter than his normal competitiegewicht. “I write not to kill him,” said the coach earlier this week. “He is extremely sharp and can be on the teeth to bite. That final climb is not so long and he just needs the steep part of survival. He drops also as one of the best, so I connect a fourth jersey certainly not.”
- Who is your favorite at the world championships in the pros?