Tour de Wallonie wants Remco Evenepoel at its start line
May 31 2020 06:01 am CET

Tour de Wallonie wants Remco Evenepoel at its start line
Tour de Wallonie wants Remco Evenepoel at its start line
Photo of Remco Evenepoel © Deceuninck-Quick-Step Cycling Team / Getty Images

The organisation of the Tour de Wallonie has confessed that it wants to have Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) at the start line.

The revamped calendar for the continuation of the cycling season gave new dates to the Belgian race and it will be held from the 16th to the 19th of August. This means that it only clashes with the last day of the Criterium du Dauphine and with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and it finishes ten days before the start of the Tour de France, which could fit in the plans for riders that will ride La Grande Boucle and others that want to put some kilometres in their legs.

"The [Criterium du, Ed.] Dauphine was cut by three stages and the ones that are left won't be too suitable for riders that are not pure climbers," said the Director of the Tour de Wallonie Christophe Brandt to Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

"These riders may be more comfortable on roads of Wallonie just to get the proper amount of kilometres before the Tour de France. I hope we get to attract sprinters and puncheurs."

The race would finish days before the European Championships and Brandt thinks this could be a good race for Evenepoel to prepare for this and for the rest of his season. "Remco likes to train in Wallonie," he explained. "He likes hilly courses, and we have two stages that could seduce him.

"Since we had the original dates in the Tour de Wallonie, we had an agreement with Deceuninck-Quick-Step to participate in the race. But without the guarantee that Remco was going to be there. The teams are currently setting up the programs for every rider. His preparation could include the race to face the European Championships that will be the next week. I will maintain the contact with Patrick Lefevere."




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