Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot to headline Lotto Soudal at Tour of Flanders
Apr 05 2019 10:06 pm CET

Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot to headline Lotto Soudal at Tour of Flanders
Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot to headline Lotto Soudal at Tour of Flanders
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Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot are set to lead Lotto Soudal at the Tour of Flanders. The Belgian riders had already shared the roster's captaincy at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The plan of Wellens for the season didn't include this race but he and the team change their minds. "I will indeed be at the start of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday," Wellens commented. "It is true that after Tirreno-Adriatico, I said that I would not do so, but after I raced Tirreno, I took four days of physical and mental rest, because I was quite disappointed.

"We left Volta a Catalunya out of my initial race schedule – last year I had to miss it due to illness – because we experienced that I can perfectly prepare for the Ardennes Classics by doing a solid block of training. But a one-day race is, of course, a different story."

This will be the first time the rider will start at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. "The Ardennes Classics will still be my main goal, but I got a little curious after my two Omloop participations in 2018 and 2019," he explained. "That is why I will ride my first Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

"It will mainly be about learning as much as possible in my first participation, so I am realistic. A monument of 250 kilometres is of a completely different order than the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. All of the cobbles specialists are at their best and know the course really well. But of course, I will try to help the team."

Lotto Soudal's roster for the Tour of Flanders (7th of April):

Tiesj Benoot
Frederik Frison
Jens Keukeleire
Nikolas Maes
Lawrence Naesen
Brian van Goethem
Tim Wellens




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