Belgium starts with four leaders in World Championships road race
Sep 10 2018 05:53 pm CET

Belgium starts with four leaders in World Championships road race
Belgium starts with four leaders in World Championships road race
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Greg Van Avermaet, Tim Wellens, Tiesj Benoot and Dylan Teuns will lead the Belgian team at the upcoming World Championships of Innsbruck. Victor Campenaerts and Laurens De Plus will participate in the individual time trial.

The road race of the World Championships will take place on the 30th of September from Kufstein to Innsbruck. "We go to Austria with four leaders," commented Wellens. "In theory, I am the one who can wait the longest.

"Tiesj Benoot and Dylan Teuns can attack earlier in the finale. And we also have Greg Van Avermaet up our sleeve. With this quartet, we have a strong line-up to be able to play along in the finale. The other four riders will definitely play their role in the run-up to that finale."

The rider reflects on the difficult course of the race. "It’s a very tough course in Innsbruck. It will be a matter of following as long as possible and playing all or nothing at the end," he explained. "I think the last climb, which is very steep, will be decisive. We only have to cover that climb once.

"The climb on the local lap, which we need to ride seven times, is a smoother climb, but after several ascents that will become tiring as well. It will be a matter of being as fresh as possible at the foot of the last climb. Afterwards, there’s still a technical descent towards the finish. I hope to be in the shape of my life."

Benoot expects to feel better then than what he does at the moment. "At this moment I’m still suffering a bit here at the Vuelta after my crash at the Tour," the Belgian said. "I hope that with today’s rest day and tomorrow’s time trial my body can recover a bit.

"It’s a very tough course at the Vuelta, with many elevation metres. It’s also a hard race, something that’s difficult to simulate on training. Hopefully, I can benefit from riding the Vuelta in the upcoming weeks, also at the Worlds."

Complete line-up of Belgium for the Men's Road Race World Championships (30th of September):

Tiesj Benoot
Laurens De Plus
Ben Hermans
Xandro Meurisse
Serge Pauwels
Dylan Teuns
Greg Van Avermaert
Tim Wellens

Reserves:

Thomas De Gendt
Floris De Tier
Dries Devenyns
Pieter Serry
Jelle Vanendert




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