Team BikeExchange looking to take opportunities at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Team BikeExchange will look to build on their strong team performance at Gent-Wevelgem as they tackle another Belgian one-day Classic at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.

Slovenian Luka Mezgec will be hoping for better luck this time around after a mechanical issue dashed his hopes in Sunday’s outing, while Australian Luke Durbridge returns to a race he has performed well at in the past with a fourth-place finish back in 2017.

The course takes in a number of climbs and cobbled sectors that feature in the Tour of Flanders and the 184.1km race will be another tough test ahead of Sunday’s ‘main event’.

Team BikeExchange at Dwars door Vlaanderen:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Alex Edmondson (AUS)
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (NOR)
Alexander Konychev (ITA)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Barnabás Peák (HUN)

Luka Mezgec:
“At Gent-Wevelgem I felt the best I have felt so far at these one-day Classics, so I’m looking forward to Wednesday. I’ve rested up a little bit after De Panne, I didn’t do E3 because I felt I was a bit tired.

Yesterday was good, the legs were ok and we did a great team effort, so I’m looking forward to Dwars door Vlaanderen, which is probably going to be another intense race, because it’s much shorter. I know the area pretty well now, so I think we can put up a good fight again.”

Mat Hayman (Sports Director):
“We won’t have Michael Matthews here, he’s sitting this one out, so it’s an opportunity for some of the other guys to have a go. It’s another race in Belgium, another testing course and some of the guys who have worked in the last couple of races will have an opportunity.

Luka Mezgec is in there and is a good option if the race comes down to a sprint, Luke Durbridge also, who has finished fourth in the race before, so he has a lot of experience in this race and I think that will be key for our assault on Wednesday’s race.”

2021 Dwars door Vlaanderen – Race Details:
Wednesday, 31st March: Roeselare – Waregem, 184km

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