Giant-Shimano: De Brabantse Pijl
After weeks of racing on the flatlands and cobbles of northern Europe, the peloton now heads south to the hills and the first race on the agenda is De Brabantse Pijl.
Simon Geschke (GER) returns to this race after taking fifth here in 2013. He comes to this rolling classic following a testing week of racing at the tough Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco.
He is joined by Dries Devenyns (BEL) who has played a large part in Team Giant-Shimano’s successful spring classics campaign so far including being one of the key protagonists at Ronde van Vlaanderen where he eventually finished 14th.
Devenyns did not race Paris – Roubaix, recovering before these hillier classics and he and the team now start a new campaign here. The 200km route from Leuven to Overijse sees the riders take in 25 climbs and favours the brave.
“Brabantse Pijl is an open race for us with a few cards to play,” said Team Giant-Shimano coach Rudi Kemna (NED).
“We have riders like Dries, Simon and Thomas Damuseau (FRA) who will be aiming to be there for the final, and looking to go on the attack on the difficult finish coming into Overijse.”
The will also be a good test for some of the guys before Amstel Gold Race on Sunday and also an opportunity for a rider such as Sea Keong Loh (MAL) to learn and develop in the WorldTour.
De Brabantse Pijl – La Flèche Brabançonne (1.HC)
Roy Curvers (NED)
Thomas Damuseau (FRA)
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Johannes Frölinger (GER)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Thierry Hupond (FRA)
Cheng Ji (CHN)
Sea Keong Loh (MAL)
Rudi Kemna (NED).