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Preview Baloise Belgium Tour

Wanty-Groupe Gobert will line-up this week in the Baloise Belgium Tour with Frederik Backaert, Tom Devriendt, Kenny Dehaes, Enrico Gasparotto, Björn Thurau, Jérôme Baugnies, Danilo Napolitano and Dimitri Claeys.

“Our goal is to win a stage”, sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren said.

Gaëtan Bille finished last year third overall but he crashed two days ago in the Grand Prix de La Somme and will miss the Baloise Belgium Tour. “It was a big goal for me. It is a huge disappointment. I will watch the race home”, Gaëtan Bille regrets. “He was our team captain for the general classification. He could have done a great prologue. We’ll focus on stage wins”, Hilaire Van der Schueren continues.

Our sprinter Kenny Dehaes won his first two races in the Four Days of Dunkirk and in the Tour de Picardie. He wants to continue his momentum.

“The last results gave me confidence for the Baloise Belgium Tour. The first two stages could end up with a sprint. I’ll try to win a stage”, Kenny Dehaes said.

The last two days would be decisive for the general classification, especially the fourth stage in Verviers. “For this stage I rely on Enrico Gasparotto. I hope he’ll be able to perform as well as in the Classics”, Hilaire Van der Schueren concludes.

You can follow the Baloise Belgium Tour each day on RTBF, Eurosport and Sporza.

Stages:
Prologue – Beveren › Beveren (6k)
Stage 1 – Buggenhout › Knokke-Heist (174.5k)
Stage 2 – Knokke-Heist › Knokke-Heist (200.9k)
Stage 3 – Verviers › Verviers (203k)
Stage 4 – Tremelo › Tongeren (174.2k)

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