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Mathieu van der Poel and defending champion Niki Terpstra have their wildcards for Tour of Flanders bite

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The Tour of Flanders gets to the good tradition also in 2019 is a very strong field at the start. On april 7, to welcome organization and supporters of the 18 WorldTour teams and 7 ProContinentale teams with a wildcard on the Grote Markt in Antwerp. The wildcards went this year to teams from Belgium, France and the Netherlands: Mathieu van der Poel and defending champion Niki Terpstra are there, of course.

No one wants to be the classic race on Flemish soil masses and thus enact the 18 WorldTourteams their strongest kasseienselectie for a fight about 267 km, with Deceunick – Quick-Step that, after a win for Gilbert and Terpstra, for the third year in a row, goes in search of success in the ronde. Also CCC Team and Lotto Soudal, plow, respectively, Greg Van Avermaet and Tiesj Benoot, fight with BORA-hansgrohe of former winner Peter Sagan.

Seven wildcards

The wildcards went to Belgian teams Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Wanty Gobert Cycling Team and Corendon-Circus, that Mathieu van der Poel of his first Tour of Flanders.

Also get four foreign teams, an invitation to on 7 april to the centre of Antwerp, dropping down for the start of the biggest celebration of cycling of the year. The French teams Direct Energy,with defending champion Niki Terpstra, Cofidis, Solutions Crédits and Vital Concept-B&B Hotels are there. The last spot is reserved for the Dutch team Roompot-Charles.

25 teams will decide who in Oudenaarde the public as the winner of the Tour of Flanders to speak. The list of participants we will create later to be known, but it is also to wait until april 7, 2019 to know who Niki Terpstra will follow as the winner of the 103rd Tour of Flanders.

“Mathieu van der Poel will cycling history want to write”

“The wildcards for 2019 are distributed, bring one of the strongest selections ProContinentale teams that we’ve seen at the start,” says race director Scott Sunderland. “These teams are very well prepared and want to, at any cost, a good performance in the Tour of Flanders. Niki Terpstra, winner in 2018, is the leader of his new team, Direct Energy, and will have to go hunting for a second consecutive victory. The younger countryman of Terpstra, Mathieu van der Poel, the newly crowned world champion cyclo-cross, will have its own cycling history want to write by ever, the Tour of Flanders to win, like his father, Adrie did in 1986.”

“In addition to the two other Belgian teams, Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team and Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, we also get the French teams Cofidis, Solutions Crédits and Vital Concept – B&B Hotels, and the oranjehemden of Roompot Charles at the start. As always, these teams are motivated and have an important role in the game play. They will be ready to compete from the start.”

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