Tim Wellens heads Lotto Soudal line-up for Clasica San Sebastian
Aug 03 2018 08:35 pm CET

Tim Wellens heads Lotto Soudal line-up for Clasica San Sebastian
Tim Wellens heads Lotto Soudal line-up for Clasica San Sebastian
Photo of Tim Wellens (c)Lotto-Soudal

Tim Wellens has been chosen to lead Lotto Soudal at the Clasica San Sebastian. The rider will have the support of some riders that have just finished the Tour de France.

The Belgian team showed a strong performance in last year's edition of the race, in which Tony Gallopin finished in the second position. The goal of the team is to improve from this result with Wellens.

"In my opinion, the steep final climb will be decisive, but the whole race is tough as well," said Sports Director Frederik Willems. "It depends of course on the breakaway or a possible attack, but I expect that a relatively big group will arrive at the foot of the last climb. It will be important to have several riders of the team in that group to support Tim Wellens on the way to the final climb. Tim is our leader and if Jelle Vanendert recovered well from the Tour, he will also be a real asset. Van der Sande and Marczy?ski will mainly support them during the finale.

"In principle, riders who have done the Tour, have a slight advantage over the others as they have climbed a lot. A hard race should definitely favour those riders. On the other hand, it has been a hard Tour due to the high temperatures. The riders have to be recovered well because there’s only one week between the end of the Tour and the Clásica San Sebastián."

The team will aim to put Wellens in a good position ahead of the last ascent of the race. "I expect seven to eight riders, at the most, who will be able to battle for the victory," explained Willems. "A five-rider breakaway or a rider like Mollema who finishes solo is a possible scenario. Together with the Dutchman, Landa and Adam Yates will be the guys to keep an eye on.

"I think that we have to deliver Tim Wellens in the best position possible at the foot of the final climb. If he is able to attack, he will certainly be allowed to. That way, he can go to the finish with a group that is as small as possible."

Lotto Soudal's complete roster for the Clasica San Sebastian (4th of August):

Frederik Frison
Tomasz Marczy?ski
Remy Mertz
Maxime Monfort
Tosh Van der Sande
Jelle Vanendert
Tim Wellens



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