Lotto Belisol: Preview Tour de Suisse
Tomorrow the Tour de Suisse will start, the race ends on Sunday 16th of June. This is the second preparatory race for the Tour de France, next to the Critérium du Dauphiné. Lotto Belisol relies on Francis De Greef for a good overall classification. The key word for our team in this tough WorldTour race is: attacking. Hopefully that will be rewarded by a stage win. Tosh Van der Sande comes back in competition after he broke his left collarbone four weeks ago in the Tour de Picardie.
During this Tour de Suisse there are two time trial tests. On the first day one of 8,1 km and of 26,8 km on the final day. In all the other stages there are many uphill kilometers. Last year’s winner Rui Costa will defend his title. Tejay Van Garderen will be one of his opponents. Andy Schleck will also stand at the start in Switzerland, just like his teammate and local hero Fabian Cancellara.
Marc Wauters, sports director: “Francis De Greef is our man for the GC. In the Giro he only became 21st, while we had hoped for a place in the top fifteen. In Switzerland he can take revenge. First of all we are aiming for a place in the top ten and if he’s in a break which makes it to the finish line, top five might be possible. Francis doesn’t have to wait, but should take control of the race.”
“The other guys have a free role. The instructions are the same as in the Giro: attacking and trying to win a stage. Kenny Dehaes is feeling good, if he can survive the climbs he’s our man for the sprint. Tosh Van der Sande is just coming back in competition after he broke his collarbone, so we have to see how he survives in this tough race. The Tour de Suisse is hard like always, it’s a race for climbers.”
Selection Lotto Belisol: Brian Bulgaç, Francis De Greef, Jens Debusschere, Kenny Dehaes, Olivier Kaisen, Maarten Neyens, Fréderique Robert and Tosh Van der Sande.
Sports directors: Jean-Pierre Heynderickx and Marc Wauters
Stage 1 : Saturday 8th of June: Quinto – Quinto (8,1 km) (ITT)
Stage 2 : Sunday 9th of June: Quinto – Crans-Montana (161,3 km)
Stage 3: Monday 10th of June: Montreux – Meiringen (204,9 km)
Stage 4: Tuesday 11th of June: Innertkirchen – Buochs (174,4 km)
Stage 5: Wednesday 12th of June: Buochs – Leuggern (178,4 km)
Stage 6: Thursday 13th of June: Leuggern – Meilen (187,9 km)
Stage 7: Friday 14th of June: Meilen – La Punt (206 km)
Stage 8: Saturday 15th of June: Zernez – Bad Ragaz (180,5 km)
Stage 9: Sunday 16th of June: Bad Ragaz – Flumserberg (26,8 km) (ITT)