Tour of Flanders - Dylan van Baarle: Now everything is going in the right direction
Apr 04 2021 04:40 am CET

Tour of Flanders - Dylan van Baarle: Now everything is going in the right direction
Tour of Flanders - Dylan van Baarle: Now everything is going in the right direction
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Dylan van Baarle is set to be one of the main men of Ineos-Grenadiers for the Tour of Flanders.

The Dutchman is finding his way in cycling and that was shown in the victory he took last week at Gent-Wevelgem. Now he's ready to be one of the important men of the formation at the second monument of the season, along Tom Pidcock and Luke Rowe.

"After last Sunday in Wevelgem, I thought that it was time to start believing in myself," said Van Baarle. "I know I have the legs. It’s the switch you have to make when you start to believe in yourself and you know how strong you are. Maybe in these weeks, it’s fallen together for me. In the past, maybe I’ve had some bad luck and had the wrong timing.

"Now everything is going in the right direction. I don’t think I feel any different after the win but maybe I’m a little more confident. Form-wise, I should be the same tomorrow. I hope!"

The Dutchman thinks the arrival of some new blood has made the difference in the way the British formation approaches this kind of races. "The change of faces has made a big difference among the group," he explained. "The young guys just want to race, just like they did at U23. We’ve gone in with a whole different mentality. You can’t compare the Classics to a stage race where you do a leadout to a climb and that’s it. The main thing we’ve learned is that, yes, we try to stick together of course, but also it’s not a problem if you find your own way. We meet each other on the most important points, but don’t stress about it. I think that’s the main thing that we’ve changed.

"We also have the legs to race more aggressively this year. Ethan (Hayter) and Tom, they both like to race, and the racing itself has evolved that way. You have to race hard to get the results. On Wednesday, the way Ethan raced helped set it up for me. It was pretty cool. Now we just have to try and do it again!"
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