Lotto-Soudal takes versatile roster to Tour de Romandie
Apr 23 2018 06:02 pm CET

Lotto-Soudal takes versatile roster to Tour de Romandie
Lotto-Soudal takes versatile roster to Tour de Romandie
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LOTTO SOUDAL
TOUR DE ROMANDIE

Lotto-Soudal is ready to face the Tour de Romandie with a roster full of riders that can ride aggressively and try to take stage victories.

The Belgian team will be headlined by Sander Armee and Victor Campenaerts. The first already got the King of the Mountain jersey in 2017 and will try to improve from that performance, and the other will test his TT shape ahead of the Giro d'Italia.

"We have a very diverse team and it will be our goal to race aggressively. Sander Armée and Victor Campenaerts will ride the Giro in May, Jens Keukeleire restarts competition after a difficult spring and with Thomas De Gendt we have someone in the team who is born to attack," explained Sports Director Frederik Willems. "Apart from them youngsters Rémy Mertz, James Shaw and Enzo Wouters get the chance to show themselves."

Lotto-Soudal has a versatile team to fight in diverse race circumstances. "When we look at the course we see that there’s a time trial the first and fifth day," Willems commented. "The prologue is only four kilometres long but will be a good test for Victor Campenaerts ahead of the Giro. The time trial of 10 kilometres suits him a bit less, but he will go full nonetheless. He also wants to try something in the breakaway stages. On the second and third day, escapees stand a chance on a very hilly course.

"Jens Keukeleire is fast after a tough race and he can finish close in a sprint with a reduced group. And Sander Armée and Thomas De Gendt are not quickly tired after a day in the breakaway. For Thomas, the climb time trial is definitely an opportunity. Without a specific leader James Shaw and Rémy Mertz get a free role; hopefully, they can show themselves. The last stage is the only chance of a sprint. Enzo Wouters can show his fast legs then."

Complete roster of Lotto-Soudal for the Tour de Romandie (24th to 29th of April):

Sander Armée
Victor Campenaerts
Thomas De Gendt
Jens Keukeleire
Rémy Mertz
James Shaw
Enzo Wouters
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