On a difficult course with a handful of gravel roads, Lotte Kopecky, Valerie Demey, Marith Vanhove, Ellen Feytens, Alicia Franck and Jinse Peeters defend the Belgian tricolor.
“We have had a wonderful Thuringia Ladies Tour with the team. I think tomorrow we can look forward to a strong Lotte Kopecky and Valerie Demey. “, begins national coach Ludwig Willems.
“I believe that this first edition of Dwars door het Hageland is something for Lotte”, he continues. “It’s a special course over a lot of gravel roads.”
“I expect that Kopecky has set her sights on Saturday’s victory. With her cyclocross experience, she has a nice trump card.”
After barely 10 kilometers, the women already have a first long (5 kilometers) gravel strip pushed under their wheels. “I think the final will open immediately there,” says the national coach.
“It will be very important to be well positioned on this stretch. That is where the race will explode and the first blows will be dealt.”
“The gravel strips then follow each other at a rapid pace. There is not much recovery in my opinion. That way of racing must suit Lotte Kopecky and Valerie Demey, among others.”
“A few WorldTeams will also start. I expect that an elite group will color the final and then the arrival at the Citadel of Diest. That suits Lotte Kopecky quite well.”