- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 16:40
Dwars door Vlaanderen / E3 / Gent-Wevelgem
“I have returned to the AG2R LA MONDIALE team nine years after my first visit. The directeur sportifs are the same, the riders have changed, and the team has become very professional in terms of structure and training.
I feel very good about it, and even though I was a little sick at the start of the season, I am ready to get some good results.
After Milan-Sanremo, I feel fit to come to the Flanderian classics with a lot of confidence and morale high. This week, I will only be racing E3 and Gent-Wevelgem. E3 has more climbs. It is similar to the Tour of Flanders in that respect. Gent-Wevelgem can be made very difficult by the weather.
For me, this is an important time of the season. In recent years I have gone to these races with Quick Step, a team for which these are among the most important events of the year. I live 15km from Oudenaarde, which is kind of the center of the Flanders region. I know every road, every climb by heart. Of course, my dream is to win the Tour of Flanders. I finished 4th in 2014. The AG2R LA MONDIALE team is strong and motivated.
The legs are good, and if I am in the final this week, and I succeed in securing a place in the top-10, it will be a good sign for what follows."
THE NUMBER : 4
Since turning professional in 2007, Stijn Vandenbergh has finished 4th in the Tour of Flanders (2014), GP E3 Harelbeke (2014) and Gent-Wevelgem (2014).
THE NEWS : Gent-Wevelgem : Nine riders for eight places
A pre-selection of nine riders has been made for Gent-Wevelgem. Gediminas Badonas, Rudy Barbier, Nico Denz, Julien Duval, Sondre Holst Enger, Alexis Gougeard, Hugo Houle, Oliver Naesen and Stijn Vandenbergh have made the list.
A final selection will be announced after the Dwars door Vlaanderen and the E3 Harelbeke.