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Brabantse Pijl - Jan Bakelants « Not miss any breaks »

Brabantse Pijl - Jan Bakelants « Not miss any breaks »

The parcours of the Flèche Brabançonne (7/10, 1.Pro) has not been unveiled to the public for sanitary precautionary measures, but there are no big changes in comparison to previous years. The start is still on the Ladeuzeplein, in the heart of Leuven. The 130 kilometer in line crosses the provinces Flemish and Walloon Brabant at the south-east of the capital Brussels, before starting the three local laps of 22.5 kilometer around Overijse. Fifteen of the 24 hills are situated in this final of 67.5 kilometer, with the Hoestheide as longest climb (970 meter) and the Hagaard as steepest climb (10% on average). The Ijskelderlaan was replaced by the Moskesstraat. The riders will climb the Schavei a last time around 17h30 to battle for the victory of the semiclassic.

Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans will be at the start with fast and explosive riders. Xandro Meurisse, Wesley Kreder, Andrea Pasqualon and Pieter Vanspeybrouck finished the BinckBank Tour, with Jan Bakelants and Maurits Lammertink coming from the Ardennes classics. Boy Van Poppel has recovered from his crash at Paris-Chauny. Loïc Vliegen will skip the Brabantse Pijl in order to better prepare Paris-Tours. Jan Bakelants evaluates the chances of the Belgian team.

Jan Bakelants:
« I don't expect surprises tomorrow, although the West wind can play a role when we're going towards the local laps on the Chaussée de Nivelles. The Brabantse Pijl always goes fast, we're always soon at the approach of the final. The race is difficult to control, so we'll have to race actively. We can't miss any of the breaks. But with this group at the start tomorrow, I don't doubt about that. We're able to achieve a good result with Andrea Pasqualon, Maurits Lammertink and myself. »