The classics continue as Team BikeExchange-Jayco look to turn their fortunes around in Belgium at Dwars door Vlaanderen tomorrow.
Dutch sprint start Dylan Groenewegen will be hoping to avenge his ill-timed puncture at Gent-Wevelgem and his agonisingly close second place finish at Brugge-De Panne, and will be backed by strong support squad that includes Luka Mezgec, fresh off his 13th place finish on Sunday.
At 184 kilometres, Dwars door Vlaanderen features a familiar mix of cobbles and Flemish hills. The peloton will face 13 hills in total, and four stretches of Belgian pavé, all packed into the second-half of the race.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Alex Edmondson (AUS)
Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Kelland O’Brien (AUS)
Alex Konychev (ITA)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Campbell Stewart (NZL)
“I always love to go back to Dwars door Vlaanderen because it is a race that I like. The route is challenging with its many climbs, and I think it will be a small group to fight for the victory.
To have a good race, you need to be in shape and have a lot of luck. Last Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem, for example, I was fine, and I was in a good position, but then I punctured, and my race ended at that moment.”
Mathew Hayman (Sport Director):
“With some changes to the route this year, I think this race suits our team and their strengths, and we have seen that both Dylan and Luka are in good shape.
After Dylan got a flat tyre at a critical point in Gent-Wevelgem, we will aim to replace that disappointment by supporting him if it comes down to a group sprint.”
2022 Dwars door Vlaanderen – Race Details:
Wednesday, 30th March, Roeselare – Waregem, 184km
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