With the Brabant Arrow on Wednesday the overgangskoers driven the kassei – to the heuvelklassiekers. Tim Wellens was allowed last year in Overijse for the first time, his name is on the roll of honour to write, but looks so “with mixed feelings” back on that victory.
“I have, of course, very good memories of the Brabant Arrow last year, but on the other hand, was that edition in the character of Michael Goolaerts, who three days earlier died after Wellens Monday. “So it is a little bit with mixed feelings that I look back, but anyway, that is a very nice win on my palmares. I know that the competition will give me the look because I was the defending champion, so it might be that a team mate can use. Bjorg Lambrecht has in the Tour of the Basque country already show that he is on excellent form. I hope that he can go to the final, because his presence can be a big advantage. Other favorites for me are Mathieu van der Poel and Julian Alaphilippe. I think that they are the beat riders.”
At his first participation to the Tour of Flanders came Wellens no further than 34th place. “Last week I had to recover from the Tour of Flanders, because it was a difficult match. Sunday I have my last heavy training session finished and the legs felt good. That feeling I had last year, but that is no guarantee of success. It is always best to wait until the match itself. In the Round was less than expected, but Wednesday I hope to again my good form to confirm. I am glad that for the first time I participated in have of the Round, because it was a fun experience. The Omloop het Nieuwsblad was also perfect for me with a third place. I look so satisfied at the Flemish classics.”
In addition to Wellens and Lambrecht also Sander Armée, Tomasz Marczynski, Maxime Monfort, Tosh van der Sande, Jelle Vanendert part of the selection of Lotto Soudal.