Mark Cavendish and Fabio Jakobsen headline our line-ups for the three one-day races.
The season may be inching closer to a conclusion, but doesn’t mean there’s time to rest for the Wolfpack. Over the next three days, our team will be in action at three races which we won for a combined total of eight times in the last twelve years: Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen (195.3km), Primus Classic (203.5km) and Gooikse Pijl (199km).
Victorious in five races this season, including a stage at the Giro d’Italia, Mark Cavendish will make his first outing with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl since the Tour de Pologne. The Manxman will be present at the start of all three races, where also European Champion Fabio Jakobsen – who so far this year has racked up a dozen victories – will be in action.
Dries Devenyns, Ilan Van Wilder and Louis Vervaeke, who helped Remco Evenepoel take an historic triumph at La Vuelta, together with Iljo Keisse, Bert Van Lerberghe and neo-pro Stan Van Tricht, will also be at the start.
“Normally, Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen and Gooikse Pijl are for the fast men, but with rain predicted on both days, the outcome of these races could be influenced by the weather. We have Fabio for these two events that come with a parcours suiting him, but also Mark, so we start with a lot of motivation and confidence.”
“Concerning Primus Classic, the peloton will ride a bit around the climbs of Brabantse Pijl, so the route can make an important selection, especially as there will also be some cobblestones involved. We always enjoy racing in Belgium, we want good results this weekend and we’ll do our best to get them”, said sports directors Geert Van Bondt and Wilfried Peeters, who will guide the team from the car.
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