This week, twenty-four riders from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will compete for the national title in six different countries. The team will be the most represented on Belgian soil, with all ten riders of the squad at the start of the road race on Sunday 20 June. For the time trial, Jasper De Plus will be on the 37.6 kilometer course around Ingelmunster, which will take place on Wednesday June 16. Estonian Rein Taaramäe, two-time road champion and four-time time trial champion, will be the other rider lined up for both events. In Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, all team members will compete in their respective road races which will all take place on Sunday, June 20.
Hilaire Van der Schueren (sports director) :
"Even though we may lack a sprinter to have a great chance in case of a bunch sprint in Waregem, I am convinced that we have the arguments to play a role in the final. I feel that Jan Bakelants, Aimé De Gendt, Baptiste Planckaert and Loïc Vliegen will be solid and can be important in the title race. In Italy, Andrea Pasqualon is very motivated for the locals circuits around Imola, after returning from a solid Giro d'Italia. In the Netherlands, the option Danny van Poppel could prove successful, also because he will be very well surrounded, with riders he has ridden with recently at the Tour of Belgium. In France and Germany, we will certainly not be the most numerous but we have riders with an attacking temperament, and who will seek to make things happen rather than follow. On these two championships in particular, we have seen surprises in the past and the winner is never determined in advance. "
16/06 Time trial (1) : Jasper De Plus
20/06 Road race (10) : Jan Bakelants, Aimé De Gendt, Jasper De Plus, Ludwig De Winter, Tom Devriendt, Quinten Hermans, Baptiste Planckaert, Kévin van Melsen, Pieter Vanspeybrouck, Loïc Vliegen
20/06 Road race (2) : Jonas Koch, Georg Zimmermann
20/06 Road race (2) : Jérémy Bellicaud, Théo Delacroix
20/06 Road race (3) : Riccardo Minali, Andrea Pasqualon, Simone Petilli
20/06 Road race (6) : Wesley Kreder, Maurits Lammertink, Corné van Kessel, Taco Van der Hoorn, Boy van Poppel, Danny van Poppel
17/06 Time trial (1) : Rein Taaramäe
20/06 Road race (1) : Rein Taaramäe