Wanty-Gobert starts with versatile line-ups in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Mar 01 2019 04:06 am CET

Wanty-Gobert starts with versatile line-ups in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Wanty-Gobert starts with versatile line-ups in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be the first WorldTour race of the season for Wanty-Gobert. The Belgian team will also start on the third of February in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Wanty-Gobert will start in the opening weekend of the Belgian classics with a versatile team that can seize any chances. "I think we have a very homogeneous, without a real leader," said Sports Director Hilaire Van der Schueren. "Loïc Vliegen is not yet in top form, he should have been our leader, but he has been struggling with a few ailments in recent weeks and is still bearing the consequences. We are good enough to perform as a team.

"It is our intention to certainly send someone along in the escape. Jerome Baugnes is one of the men for the job, and if he is on the right escape, he can survive until very deep in the final, as he already showed in Liege-Bastogne-Liege last year."

For Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, the Belgian team can play with two cards. "On Sunday they expect bad weather for Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, but I count on Timothy Dupont in the sprint, as he already achieved a top-10 position last year. And maybe our fast Italian Andrea Pasqualon could also be a surprise in the race."

Complete roster of Wanty-Gobert for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Second of March):

Frederik Backaert
Jérôme Baugnies
Aimé De Gendt
Tom Devriendt
Wesley Kreder
Xandro Meurisse
Loïc Vliegen

Roster for Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Third of March):

Tom Devriendt
Ludwig De Winter
Timothy Dupont
Wesley Kreder
Andrea Pasqualon
Boris Vallée
Pieter Vanspeybrouck




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