Dehaes Wants to Take First 2017 Victory
Tuesday Wanty-Groupe Gobert appears at the start of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque (2.HC, 9-14 /05). Sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren selects the following eight riders for the North French stage race: Simone Antonini, Frederik Backaert, Kenny Dehaes, Tom Devriendt, Guillaume Levarlet, Danilo Napolitano, Yoann Offredo and Frederik Veuchelen. Kenny Dehaes won the final stage in Dunkerque last year and also wants to score in 2017. A preview with our quick man from Deinze.
Kenny Dehaes: “The last training weeks have gone well. I went to the Ardennes for a few days to train on hilly terrain. In Frankfurt I abandoned early because I was undercooled because of the rain. Now a new period starts. May and June are traditionally my strong months. I want to show something here.”
“I have a good connection with the 4 Jours de Dunkerque. In 2008 I took the win in Saint-Quentin before Hushovd and Ciolek. That was my big breakthrough in the peloton. This year, the second stage ends in Saint-Quentin. I would be nice to take the win there. Hopefully everything falls into place this week.”
“Due to the absence of Bouhanni and Coquard I mainly expect competition from Démare and Debusschere. Certainly Démare is a lever higher, but I am also one of the fastest riders in this pack. Later this year I want to focus on the Belgian championships in Antwerp at the end of June. This flat race of 230 kilometers should suit me.”