JULIEN JURDIE : “A special race”
“We are approaching this Ronde van Vlaanderen with a lot of desire to do well. It will be a special race, in a special atmosphere, at a particular time of the season. It will be the last classic of the season instead of when it usually takes place in the spring. There will be some excitement at the start and the competition will be at a very high level. With Oliver Naesen, we have a great card to play. We hope he will finally have some success as he has had several crashes in recent weeks.Without having crashed at Gent-Wevelgem, he would certainly have fought to the end with the best. We have a good team to support him in a race where all scenarios are possible. There will be an additional symbol with the presence of Romain Bardet who will compete in his last race with us at le Ronde. With this act, we recognize again Romain’s value, since he wants to wear our colors one last time to support Oliver, in one of the most difficult races in the world, which is typically more meant for cobblestone specialists. There will surely be some excitement during the briefing and at the start.”JULIEN JURDIE
Romain Bardet will take part in the Ronde van Vlaanderen for the first time. In 2018, he participated in Dwars door Vlaanderen.