Wanty-Gobert announces roster for Tour de France
Jun 26 2019 01:34 am CET

Wanty-Gobert announces roster for Tour de France
Wanty-Gobert announces roster for Tour de France
Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Wanty-Gobert has chosen its roster for the upcoming Tour de France. The Belgian team received one of the Wildcards for the second grand tour of the season.

Eight riders of four different nationalities have been chosen to sport Want-Gobert's colours in La Grande Boucle. Yoann Offredo -who suffered a horror crash in March in the GP Denain- has been included in the Belgian formation. Xandro Meurisse, Aime De Gendt, Guillaume Martin, Andrea Pasqualon and Odd Eiking were already confirmed in the last days.

"We participate with a balanced team in the Tour de France, which can perform well with leader Guillaume Martin," said Sports Director Hilaire Van der Schueren. "One by one our riders are ready for this hard four-week race. With this team we can set many different goals, prioritizing a good final classification and a stage win.

"Together with the management, we decided on the three last names. Kévin Van Melsen deserves this selection because he is always ready to work for the team. I learned from the past that it is important to protect our team leader more during the flat stages at the beginning of the Tour de France, Kévin will play an important role here. Frederik Backaert is very popular since his offensive work in the Tour in 2017 and he gets a chance to keep this statute. I doubted for a long time about Yoann Offredo, because it was a long way to recover from his two bad crashes in the Denain GP and the Dunkirk Four Day. But he has proven during his last races that he is ready for it, he is a pro athlete for 200%."

Wanty-Gobert's line-up for the Tour de France (6th to 28th of July):

Frederik Backaert
Aimé De Gendt
Odd Eiking
Guillaume Martin
Xandro Meurisse
Yoann Offredo
Andrea Pasqualon
Kevin Van Melsen




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