The 15th edition of the Binck Bank Tour (2.UWT, 12-18/08) is the start of a busy month for Wanty-Gobert. After a ten day break after the VOO Tour de Wallonie and the Tour de France, the Belgian team takes on three stage races: the Binck Bank Tour (2.WT, 12-18/08), the Vuelta a Burgos (2.HC, 13-17/08) and the Arctic Race of Norway (2.HC, 15-18/08).
Timothy Dupont, winner of the opening stage in the VOO Tour de Wallonie, can lead Wanty-Gobert again to success in the first three flat stages. Aimé De Gendt and Xandro Meurisse come back in competition after a successful Tour de France and should be able to follow the best in the Ardennes stage in Houffalize and the Flemish Ardennes stage in Geraardsbergen, and achieve a good position in the general classification. They are supported by Tom Devriendt, Wesley Kreder, Boris Vallée and Pieter Vanspeybrouck.
Hilaire Van der Schueren, sports director:
« Timothy Dupont showed in the Cerami GP and the Tour de Wallonie that he prepared the last part of the season well. Hopefully he can achieve more places of honour or victories in the first three stages in this Binck Bank Tour. Xandro Meurisse and Aimé De Gendt need to be attentive during these stages, in which the wind can play a dangerous role. Both riders finished the Tour de France and are capable of obtaining a good general classification, in case they recovered well. This World Tour race is a different kettle of fish than what they have behind them. The stage in Houffalize and the time trial will reveal a lot, before the most difficult stage in Geraardsbergen. This final stage with three times Bosberg, Muur van Geraardsbergen, ... cannot be underestimated. »
« I recovered well from the Tour de France and have a good feeling in training, which hopefully is a good signal for the upcoming Binck Bank Tour. It was my first grand tour, so I was a little bit in the dark trying to get freshness back, it remains to be seen how I will react in my first race. The Binck Bank Tour begins with three sprinter's stages, so I have some time to get the race rhythm back before the stages in Houffalize and Geraardsbergen. Both stages suit me, a lot will become clear after the Ardennes stage. This will probably be the most important day for the general classification, because the time trial is short and usually the time gaps in the final stage in Geraardsbergen are not that big. I'm looking forward to it! »
Binck Bank Tour:
12/08 : 1 : Beveren (12h30) – Hulst (16h22) (167.3 Km)
13/08 : 2 : Blankenberge (12h25) – Ardooie (16h30) (167.9 Km)
14/08 : 3 : Aalter (12h25) – Aalter (16h23) (166.9 Km)
15/08 : 4 : Houffalize (14h20) – Houffalize (16h48) (96.2 Km)
16/08 : 5 : Riemst (12h10) – Venray (16h29) (184.9 Km)
17/08 : 6 : Den Haag (13h35) – Den Haag (ITT – 8.4 Km)
18/08 : 7 : Sint-Pieters-Leeuw (12h15) – Geraardsbergen (16h20) (178.6 Km)
Aimé De Gendt
Steven De Neef
Hilaire Van der Schueren