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What is with the Belgians in the Tour de France 2019? Tiesj Benoot will see opportunities to score

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Tiesj Benoot is looking forward to the Tour of 2019. The rider represented Lotto Soudal Thursday during the Tourpresentatie in Paris. “The third week is supermassive”, he realises. “But personally I find it interesting that there are a lot of stages through the mountains. That increases the odds of my type of rider.”

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Benoot had to give up the fourth stage of the Tour de France after a massive crash. He rode the race out, but could the day after it will not start. “In this Tour, there are more stages through the mountains and less cols category. That makes it for me interesting, especially the stages in the Vosges and the Massif Central open certain perspectives. I am particularly pleased that in the first week, a few rides are that I need to lie down, that makes for less stress.”

“Surprised by a lot of long rides”

“I am also surprised that there is a lot of long rides in the track record”, he went on. “The trend of the shorter stages is exactly reversed.” Though there are three stages of 117 km (the Tourmalet), of 123 km from Tignes and 131 km to Val Thorens. “Yes, perhaps, but 130 miles in the mountains is not so short anymore. That is soon to 4.30 pm on the bike. I would not call that short leg. I think it’s a big Tour will be for the gc riders, especially the last few days are very difficult, a decision can be made until late fall. If you have a heavy Tour, the price may be more closed but shows that perhaps more opportunities to attackers as I do.”

“It will be a madhouse”

The Tour starts in Belgium. “That will be a special one, so close to home”, he ended. “Dusseldorf was also already not far, but this is now still otherwise. Then stood there on the stage to Liège, which is very much public, and in Belgium they will even more show up, it will be a madhouse.”

“I would like a ride seen where more importance was attached to the Flemish Ardennes. Now we pass briefly on the Wall & co in the opening stage, but it will just be a group sprint. Well now, there are plenty of other opportunities in this Tour.”

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