Lotto-Soudal aims for stage victories at BinckBank Tour
Aug 05 2017 01:32 pm CET

Lotto-Soudal aims for stage victories at BinckBank Tour
Lotto-Soudal aims for stage victories at BinckBank Tour


Lotto-Soudal is aiming for stage victories and a good overall result by taking a versatile team to the upcoming BinckBank Tour.

In the sprints, which are not many, the team will be led by Andre Greipel. The German will have strong competition in riders like Arnaud Demare, Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen and Elia Viviani.

"The opening stage is an opportunity for the sprinters, although you can’t underestimate the influence of the wind on that course," said sports director Herman Frison. "If it’s a sprint on day one, the leader’s jersey can already change shoulders on Tuesday.

"In a time trial of nine kilometres the time gaps will be limited, but for the overall classification every second counts. It is very likely we get a sprint on Wednesday and Thursday. There aren’t many top sprinters in this race, so that could mean few teams will control the peloton."

The director knows well in which stages they can make the difference. "On Friday the race runs over roads of the Amstel Gold Race, but the stage can’t be compared to a Classics race," he commented. "That stage is perfectly suited for escapees, the GC riders won’t be able to create considerable time gaps. The GC will be determined on Saturday in the stage to Houffalize and on Sunday when the stage finishes in Geraardsbergen.

"We have a very versatile team, so we should be able to play a role in the sprint, in breakaways and in the hilly stages. It’s our goal to win a stage and that is possible on the different types of courses. We have several riders who can aim for a high place on GC too. It will become clear during the week who will be in the running for that.”

Lotto-Soudal's line-up for the BinckBank Tour: Tiesj Benoot, Jasper De Buyst, Tony Gallopin, André Greipel, Nikolas Maes, Marcel Sieberg, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.
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