Lotto Soudal targets stage victories in upcoming Tour de France
Jun 25 2019 08:24 pm CET

Lotto Soudal targets stage victories in upcoming Tour de France
Lotto Soudal targets stage victories in upcoming Tour de France
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Lotto Soudal is set to start in the Tour de France with a strong team that will fight for the main objective of taking stage victories. The Belgian team will have a good mix of sprinters, puncheurs and breakaway riders.

The team will start in the French grand tour to target stage wins. "The Tour is about three topics: sprint stages, days for escapees and mountain stages," said sports manager Marc Sergeant. "Only during the days in the mountains, it won’t be easy for us to take a stage win and attacking will be the mindset of Lotto Soudal during those stages. Even though some riders already announced they won’t participate, we don’t have any real ambitions for the general classification. We are fully aiming for a stage victory.

"Caleb Ewan will be at the start of the Tour for the first time in his career, but he will put the necessary pressure on himself. With already three stage wins in the Giro and one in the Vuelta, I think the ambition to also win a Tour stage, will come automatically. During the sprint preparation, Caleb will be perfectly supported by amongst others Jasper De Buyst and Roger Kluge but by the other Lotto Soudal riders as well."

But not only Ewan will have the freedom to fight for a stage victory. "At a certain moment in the race, the sprint teams need to take responsibility and that is why we selected Maxime Monfort," explained Sergeant. "He will need to lead the peloton during the sprint stages. Of course, Maxime is also free to do his own thing in the other stages, but he will have to spend some more energy during the sprint stages, contrary to our other riders with a free role.”

"Jens Keukeleire can - just like Benoot and Wellens - contribute to the sprint preparation. It is clear to me that during a sprint stage, the other seven Lotto Soudal riders will support Ewan. But in the other stages, Caleb can also help our attackers like Benoot, De Gendt and Wellens. In that sense, everybody works for everyone during the Tour de France."

Lotto Soudal's roster for the Tour de France (6th to 28th of July):

Tiesj Benoot
Jasper De Buyst
Thomas De Gendt
Caleb Ewan
Jens Keukeleire
Roger Kluge
Maxime Monfort
Tim Wellens
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