Lotto Soudal: Preview Paris – Tours
Paris-Tours will take place one day after the Tour of Lombardy. Unlike the latter, the French race suits the sprinters very well. The Eure-et-Loir region has hosted the start of the race since 2009 and this year’s edition will have its start in the city of Brou. The riders will cruise on a 234.5 kilometers course without real difficulties, except the Côte de Beau Soleil and the Côte de l’Epan, which are both situated in the last ten kilometers. The fast men must therefore remain attentive, as attackers have also been able to take the win in the past. After André Greipel’s win in de Omloop Eurometropool van de Westhoek and Jasper De Buyst’s victory in Binche-Chimay-Binche, the two riders will be back in action for Lotto Soudal. They can count on a strong team to set them in a good position for the sprint.
Frederik Willems, sports director for Lotto Soudal: “The weather conditions are often a very decisive factor in Paris-Tours. Depending on that, it can either finish with a bunch sprint or with a couple of attackers only. The race is also 235 kilometers long and not all the riders are still able to perform on such distance. Condition and motivation are two of the most important factors to compete for victory at the end of the season. André Greipel rode a very good sprint last weekend in the Eurométropole Tour and that probably gave him a lot of confidence. Even after such a long season, he is still in good form. He is definitely our main card to play on Sunday. Jasper De Buyst showed last Tuesday in Binche that he is also in great shape and depending on the situation, he will either help André Greipel or sprint for himself. We’ll be riding in Paris-Tours with experienced riders who know what it takes to play a role in the finale.”
Line-up Lotto Soudal for Paris-Tours:
Lars Bak, Jasper De Buyst, Jens Debusschere, André Greipel, Moreno Hofland, Nikolas Maes, Tosh Van der Sande and Enzo Wouters.
Sports director: Frederik Willems.