men|Apr 28

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek: “The route has changed for this year and without the climb of Saint Nicolas close to the finish we should see a more open race. The new parcours will mean more riders will fancy their chances of getting a result so the race will be nervous early on, particularly coming onto the climb of Côte de la Redoute. With Michael and Tom we have two riders who can be in the mix after that climb, once the race has fractured. It will be important for the rest of the guys to position them well throughout the day so that they can save as much energy as possible, because we expect it to be an attacking finale. Tom, Jan and Robert have just returned from altitude camp so are in good shape to help us go for a top result. We have prepared for different scenarios and ride with an open mind to take the initiative if we see an opportunity.”