With Alec Segaert, Belgium has a silver medal in the time trial in the ranks, the freshman expects a difficult race on Friday. “It’s a tough course,” he said.
“In addition, they also predict bad weather. That makes the race a lot more difficult and that can only play in our favor.”
“We are here with 6 strong riders at the start. At international level, we have already shown ourselves as a team. We should definitely play that out.”
The leader appears to be Lennert Van Eetvelt. He does, however, temper expectations. “With the form of this spring I should normally be able to ride a good result on this course, but now I don’t dare to say that.”
“I didn’t know the ideal preparation, luckily we have a strong team across the board.”
“We still have to hold the meeting with the national coach. It is important to always have a man at the front. We must not be forced into the chase.” If Van Eetvelt is not at the appointment, Segaert can also be played out.
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The promises do not expect a sprint with a large group. “Mount Pleasant will cut it in anyway”, said Jenno Berckmoes.
“And then we hope that Olav Kooij, the fast man in the Netherlands, will not survive that. If he does, he will become a dangerous man for the world title.”
Who are the biggest competitors? The Netherlands has Olav Kooij, but also Casper van Uden. “We’d better not take both riders to the finish,” it sounded in unison.
“And then you also have France with Romain Grégoire and Paul Penhoët. We also have to keep an eye on those men.”
The Belgians, without Thibau Nys, Cian Uijtdebroeks and Arnaud De Lie, certainly do not call themselves without a chance for the gold. “We have a strong team, I believe in our chances”, Fabio Van Den Bossche concluded.
“So yes, why shouldn’t we be able to deliver the world champion. We have the team for it. If you don’t believe in it, you shouldn’t start.”