Jens Keukeleire and Lotto-Soudal recon Tour de France's cobbled stage: The race will be tough
Jun 26 2018 02:17 pm CET

Jens Keukeleire and Lotto-Soudal recon Tour de France's cobbled stage: The race will be tough
Jens Keukeleire and Lotto-Soudal recon Tour de France's cobbled stage: The race will be tough
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Lotto-Soudal's selection for the Tour de France has done a recon of the cobbled sectors that will be included in the ninth stage of the French race.

Just after the road race of the Belgian championships, the eight men that were selected to go to the Grande Boucle went in a recon ride to the sectors that will be included in the ninth day of racing of the event.

Some of this sectors were already familiar to some of the riders as they are also part of Paris-Roubaix. "Cambrai is also not far away from Binche and we had a good night of sleep," said Jens Keukeleire. "During the recon, we had a little headwind, but riding in a small group made it a lot easier. Each rider did a turn at the front during the cobbled sections and also on the roads between the cobbles, everybody did his part of the work. Nevertheless, we did the recon at a solid pace.

"It was nice to recon the stage together with some teammates. The first cobbled sections were new to me, but I already knew the other sections from Paris-Roubaix. But I think it’s important to recon those sections once again. It is also interesting to have a look at the run-up to the various cobbled sections."

But there are many factors that will make this stage very different from what the riders have lived in Paris-Roubaix. "The course somewhat differs from the race in April. I think the most important reason for that is the grass that grows between the cobbles. That way, the rolling resistance is a bit less and the cobbles are not that sharp, which makes it a little easier. The recon was especially important to get the right feeling to ride those cobbles.

"The weather is better than it is in April, but the race will be tough. It will be crucial to be well- positioned right from the first section. Not all sectors from Paris-Roubaix are included, but it will be selective enough to have a nice finale."




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