Victor Campenaerts to test TT form at Volta ao Algarve
Feb 13 2018 07:32 pm CET

Victor Campenaerts to test TT form at Volta ao Algarve

Victor Campenaerts will be riding the Volta ao Algarve with the goal of taking the victory at the time trial. The rider of Lotto Soudal has the intention of showing off his European Time Trial Champion jersey.

The Belgian starts his first season with Lotto Soudal at the Portuguese race, which has an interesting Individual Time Trial on Friday, the 16th of February. "We did a recon of the time trial course today and it is pretty technical," Campenaerts said. "There are some fast descents with corners and two hills.

"The first hill is only 150 metres long but very steep. After the top, it doesn’t go downhill right away and I like that. The second hill is steep too and is 500 metres long. You ride full speed towards the bottom."

The rider will have the opportunity of facing some of the better time trialists and test his condition ahead of his big goal of the season. "It’s still early down the season and I want to reach my top shape by the opening time trial of the Giro at the beginning of May, but the goal is clear: I want to win on Friday. With Stefan Küng, Tony Martin and Ryan Mullen I have some strong opponents, but it will be a disappointment if I don’t finish on top five," he explained.

"I had a good preparation ahead of the Volta ao Algarve. After Challenge Mallorca I stayed one more week on Mallorca to train. Back home I took some rest and the last days I put some pressure on the legs. Saturday I did one last intense time trial training. That preparation can be compared to last year when I won the time trial at Ruta del Sol. I have a good feeling now too."

Lotto Soudal Sports Dire tor Frederik Willems mentioned that the team is aiming for stage victories at Algarve. "We aim for a good result on the first, third and fourth stage. On Wednesday and Saturday, a sprint stage is scheduled. Jasper De Buyst and Jens Debusschere will both sprint once this week and do the lead-out on the other day," he commented.

"That way, they can both do a sprint. Jens will be riding Tirreno-Adriatico next month, while Jasper will be the lead-out for André Greipel in Paris-Nice. Both riders will also race in the Belgian opening weekend. Victor Campenaerts has his mind set on the time trial. The course contains all what a time trialist likes."

Lotto Soudal's line up for the Volta ao Algarve (14th-18th of February):

Victor Campenaerts
Jasper De Buyst
Jens Debusschere
Jens Keukeleire
Nikolas Maes
Lawrence Naesen
Jelle Wallays
Image: Lotto-Soudal logo





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