Tiesj Benoot leads Lotto Soudal at Dwars door Vlaanderen
Apr 02 2019 04:20 am CET

Tiesj Benoot leads Lotto Soudal at Dwars door Vlaanderen
Tiesj Benoot leads Lotto Soudal at Dwars door Vlaanderen
Photo of Tiesj Benoot by Lotto Soudal

Lotto-Soudal will be led by Tiesj Benoot at Dwars door Vlaanderen. The rider finished the 2018 edition of the race in the seventh position and his goal will be to improve from that result.

The Belgian race will be 180 kilometres long and will include eleven hills and three cobbled sections, as well as the possibility of bad weather that can change everything. "A reduced bunch sprint in Waregem is among the possibilities but as always, a lot will depend on the weather conditions," said sports director Frederik Willems. "At the moment, the predictions for Wednesday don’t seem great, which may cause a dangerous start as well as a fast finale.

"In my opinion, the Knokteberg is likely to be the decisive point in the race as it will be climbed twice and it is also one of the final difficulties of the day. The race might be decided there but if it will be a cold and wet edition, like was the case last year, the cobbled sections will also play their part. Chances are likely that a small group fights for victory, just like last year. There are still some kilometres left to cover from the final climb until the finish, but that does not necessarily mean that a reduced bunch will be able to come back."

Lotto Soudal and Benoot expect this race to develop in a better way for his chances. "Tiesj Benoot rode really strong last year, but was not part of the decisive move," Willems explained. ·We have to make sure that such a scenario does not take place again this year. That is why we have to keep an eye on some strong teams such as Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck Quick-Step. It will be crucial for Lotto Soudal to race attentively at the front and send guys like Jens Keukeleire or Nikolas Maes up the road when they start to attack.

"Tiesj Benoot prefers a really hard race and is strong enough to go to the finish with a small group. I suppose that Dwars door Vlaanderen – due to the weather conditions and the numerous hills – will be tough. Experience has taught me there are no calm moments in such kinds of races contrary to for example the Tour of Flanders."

Lotto-Soudal's roster for Dwars door Vlaanderen (3rd of April):

Tiesj Benoot
Adam Blythe
Stan Dewulf
Jens Keukeleire
Nikolas Maes
Lawrence Naesen
Brian van Goethem



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