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Lotto Belisol: Preview Eurométropole Tour

Thursday 3rd of October the 73rd edition of the Eurométropole Tour or the former circuit Franco Belge will start. It’s a four days race that’s part of the UCI Europe Tour (2.1.). Because of the mainly flat course one can especially look forward to the bunch sprints. These are some of the fast men that will stand at the start: Gerald Ciolek, John Degenkolb and Arnaud Démare.

The peloton starts this year again in La Louvière and brings the riders in the first stage to the West-Flemish Moorslede. The second flat stage has Poperinge as start and finish place, eight local laps of 21,7 km will be covered. A day later a stage of 169 km takes off in the French Hazebrouck which leads to Nieuwpoort. On Sunday we know the overall winner after the final stage between Mons and Tournai in Hainaut.

Last year Jürgen Roelandts won the opening stage and took the first leader’s jersey. During the next days of this stage race he defended it successfully and won the GC. This year Lotto Belisol starts again with a strong selection. With Jürgen Roelandts and riders like Lars Bak, Jens Debusschere and Marcel Sieberg the team has men who are cut out for this job.

Sports director Bart Leysen: “Just like last year we aim first of all for a stage win, the first three stages are perfect for a bunch sprint where we can play out Jürgen Roelandts. With guys like Sieberg, Bak and Debusschere we can assist Jürgen very well in the sprint. A good GC will follow then. Much will depend of the race development and also the wind can play a decisive role. This race is the last run-up to Paris-Tours, but we already want to score here.”

Selection Lotto Belisol:
Lars Bak, Stig Broeckx, Sander Cordeel, Jens Debusschere, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg, Tosh Van der Sande and Jonas Van Genechten.
Sports directors: Mario Aerts and Bart Leysen.

Stages:
Stage 1: Thursday 3rd of October: La Louvrière – Moorslede (195 km)
Stage 2: Friday 4th of October: Poperinge – Poperinge (173 km)
Stage 3: Saturday 5th of October: Hazebrouck – Nieuwpoort (169 km)
Stage 4: Sunday 6th of October: Mons – Tournai (155 km).

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