Lotto Belisol: Brussels Cycling Classic and GP de Fourmies
Saturday 7th of September Lotto Belisol participates in the first edition of the Brussels Cycling Classic. This race is the successor of Paris – Bruxelles, a race that was contested for the first time in 1893. The organization thought it necessary to shorten the race to less than 200 kilometers because of upcoming adaptations to the cycling calendar. Start and finish are now in Brussels and the race only takes place on Belgian soil. The finish line isn’t on the Houba de Strooperlaan anymore, but a bit further in the Keizerin Charlottelaan, in front of the Atomium.
On the course, which is 196,9 kilometers long, are nine hills. A loop of 21,5 km is made twice, with the hills Vossemberg, Smeysberg and Langestraat. Lotto Belisol selected among others André Greipel and Kenny Dehaes.
A day later both will attend the Grand Prix de Fourmies. This race is part of the Europe Tour, just like the Brussels Cycling Classic. Lars Bak will defend his title in France. The Dane finished solo last year after he had joined his fellow countryman Morkov and the Spaniard Freire, the survivors of an early breakaway. The GP de Fourmies, in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais is 205 kilometers long. The Côte du Boquet and Côte du Sacré Cœur should be conquered three times. At the end there are five local laps of eleven kilometers with the Côte de l’ancienne Gendarmerie.
Selection Brussels Cycling Classic: Lars Bak, Stig Broeckx, Sander Cordeel, Jens Debusschere, Kenny Dehaes, André Greipel, Olivier Kaisen and Marcel Sieberg.
Selection GP de Fourmies: Lars Bak, Gaëtan Bille, Stig Broeckx, Jorne Carolus, Kenny Dehaes, André Greipel, Marcel Sieberg and Jonas Van Genechten.
Sports director: Jean-Pierre Heynderickx