A really skilled group consisting of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Michael Valgren, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Michael Gogl will all play essential roles on a day wherein the Kemmelberg will as soon as once more be key function.
German sprinter Max Walscheid will probably be seeking to proceed what he considers to be a run of fine kind within the position of the group’s ‘quick man’. Whereas neo-pro Samuele Battistella and Rasmus Tiller will each present essential supporting roles on the day.
I’m okay, I can stroll and I can discuss however my mobility with my arm and fingers aren’t what they was, however it’s going to come again over time. All of this because of the accident I had on the finish of August.
I’ve been lacking being with the group; the game’s an enormous a part of my life which I’ve been concerned in for the final 26 years in, so I’m completely satisfied to really feel higher and like we are saying in Denmark: “the horse is again within the circus”.
Clearly we now have a group which will probably be thought of as underdogs and I believe that’s how we should always look to get the most effective out of it. We have to address the truth that we aren’t favourites and attempt to combat to shock just a few individuals, and I believe that’s how we will intention for a end result.
The Kemmelberg has all the time and can all the time be a key second on this race. In Gent-Wevelgem this 12 months we move it 3 times, twice from the south and the ultimate time from the north which is a bit steeper with cobblestones on each side of this. It additionally is dependent upon the climate on the day, it’s all open in west Flanders and so it is dependent upon the path of the wind. I don’t suppose that we are going to have any heavy rain.
Wind is an element, time of the season is an element after which a number of the riders within the peloton are flying like Wout van Aert, Mathieu van de Poel and Julian Alaphilippe, so let’s see the way it goes.
I’m feeling good, it was good to do a trip in good climate right this moment on our closing coaching trip forward of the race. We don’t anticipate nice situations however we bought used to that final week on the Binck Financial institution Tour the place situations weren’t nice.
I believe I’ve carried some good condition out of the Tour de France and I’m undoubtedly motivated for the upcoming Classics. I believe that there could also be some possibilities to go for a end result for me and I hope to begin doing that at Gent-Wevelgem.
I’ve carried out the race as soon as earlier than and the primary obstacles keep the identical however in any other case the route adjustments a bit of bit so it was good to see it, to get an impression, and get a sense for the race. The hilly half will certainly be powerful and maybe we now have a small benefit in that it’s in our brief time period reminiscence however we hope to be nicely positioned on the essential factors.
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