It is the weekend before the world championships and at this point all the riders who are hopeful of a strong result in Fayetteville must have strong legs and will have in this weekend their final tests. This Saturday we have the 6th round of the X2O Trofee and we’re in Hamme, the course is set to be dry and fast, although things can be different in some sections around that little lake, but even if so it shouldn’t be crucial.
There is no major climb to tackle, there are a couple of technical sections, one the riders go up and down a small bank, and the other we’ve got some off-camber action but it shouldn’t be too troubling, between those sections there really isn’t that much as the riders will have some fast and flat sections where it will be hard to cement gaps, the final portion of the route includes an iconic sweeping section in the woods.
|1.Lars van der Haar
|6.Corne van Kessel
|13.David van der Poel
|26.Koen van Dijke
|35.Kenneth van Compernolle
|38.Maarten van Staeyen
An important weekend. The last round of the World Cup in Hoogerheide comes on the following day so we may not see some riders invest their 100%, but a win is available and a win is a win, the overall cup seems wrapped up with Toon Aerts looking set for the win so it doesn’t seem like that will be important to the outcome tomorrow.
In Flamanville Pauwels Sauzen dominated the race and they have the chance to do the same tomorrow. Despite being a lightweight Eli Iserbyt is better suited to these flatter routes specially in the dry conditions, tomorrow may be another day although it’s not overly technical, but having Laurens Sweeck in great form, and having Michael Vanthourenhout and Toon Vandenbosch as further weapons make for a very strong team that can work for the win.
As competition Toon Aerts will naturally be in contention, being very consistent surely he will once again be on the fight for the win, and Lars van der Haar will also be present and provides Baloise Trek Lions with another weapon to grab an elusive win. The most dangerous rider though should be Tom Pidcock, back after a training block he is back on the startline and will be looking to consolidate things and put himself as the main contender for the rainbow stripes, Jens Adams and Corné van Kessel are also outsiders to watch for.
1st– Toon Aerts
2nd– Tom Pidcock
3rd– Eli Iserbyt
4th– Lars van der Haar
5th– Laurens Sweeck
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