Victor Campenaerts ready to defend Belgian TT title
Jun 25 2019 01:47 am CET

Victor Campenaerts ready to defend Belgian TT title
Victor Campenaerts ready to defend Belgian TT title
Photo of Victor Campenaerts by Lotto Soudal

Lotto-Soudal's Victor Campenarts is ready to face the time trial of the Belgian championships on the 27th of June. The rider will aim to prolong his title in Middelkerke.

The new holder of the hour record is ready for the next challenge of his season: the time trial of the National championships of Belgium. "I didn’t recon the course yet, but performance manager Kevin De Weert already did," the rider explained. "The stage profile is flat and it’s not very technical. The championship will take place at the seaside in Middelkerke so the wind will play a decisive role. Last year, the profile was more hilly and the road surface was poor. This year, the conditions are better and that will make the race a lot more enjoyable to ride.

"I’m aware of the fact that I’m the man to beat and that puts pressure on me. If I don’t win the Belgian time trial championship, I will be disappointed. If I win, I would only confirm and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise. But if you can break the World Hour Record for the eyes of 650,000 Flemish people, I think you can say that I perform well under pressure."

Campenaerts knows who are the riders to look for as the main competitors for the time trial. "Wout van Aert might be my biggest competitor if you look at his performances in the Critérium du Dauphiné," he commented. "Besides, Evenepoel is also in great shape. But our team also has some riders who are able to beat me in the time trial. Thomas De Gendt set great times in the time trials of the Giro and Tim Wellens won the time trial in the Belgium Tour.”

"I will be at the start of the championship with the ambition to win. If I will be beaten by someone of the team, I will be disappointed, but I prefer being beaten by a teammate than by another rider. I hope the jersey stays in our team, however, I will be disappointed if it wouldn’t be on my shoulders."

Lotto Soudal's participants in the time trial of the Belgian National Championships (27th of June):

Victor Campenaerts
Thomas De Gendt
Stan Dewulf
Frederik Frison
Brent Van Moer
Tim Wellens
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