Dwars door Vlaanderen Serves as Final Tour of Flanders Preparation for Van Avermaet27. March 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet will line up at Dwars door Vlaanderen tomorrow, Wednesday 28 March, for only the fifth time in career, making the most of a date change that sees the Belgian semi-classic sit just four days before the Tour of Flanders.
Sports Director Fabio Baldato said the weather and shorter race distance will play a big factor in the outcome of the race.
“With the shorter distance of 180km, it was a good decision to move Dwars door Vlaanderen to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders. The riders would have trained anyway and now they have another opportunity to race. It’s a UCI WorldTour race so of course, we want to do well. Although the weather will not be the best with rain forecast, I expect an aggressive race as some leaders may use the race as their last big training ride,” Baldato explained.
“For us, the race is an open opportunity for all of our riders to show their condition and take a chance. Normally, it is a race for the sprinters but the final climb is closer to the finish this year so anything can happen. It can definitely be a hard, selective race. The most important thing will be to not take too many risks in the rain, and get through safely before the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.”
Van Avermaet will make the most of a final hit out on before the Tour of Flanders.
“I haven’t raced Dwars door Vlaanderen many times and now I am racing because of the new position in the calendar. Normally, I would do a good training but it’s a similar course to the Tour of Flanders, so it makes sense to race. It will be a good training and a good test before Sunday. The most important thing is to stay safe in the weather conditions,” Van Avermaet said.
“I always try to do well and I think it will be the same guys in front as the last races. It’s always important to come out of the race with a good feeling but my big goal is the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. I was feeling good last weekend and I was happy with my shape, so I hope to keep this feeling out of Dwars door Vlaanderen.”
Dwars door Vlaanderen (28 March, 2018)
Rider roster: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Stefan Küng (SUI), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP).
Sports Directors: Fabio Baldato (ITA), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL)