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Preview: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad / Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne

This weekend the Spring Classics get underway in Belgium with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday. Both the WorldTour and Women’s teams will be in action on Saturday and we spoke to some of our riders as they prepared for the action.

Dries Devenyns (BEL)
It’s like I am back at school counting down the minutes until the end of the day. I can’t wait for tomorrow. So far my preparation has been good. I’ve spent a lot of time on Saturday’s parcours to get used to the specific rhythm of riding on the cobbles and attacking the climbs. I am confident that together we can do a good performance.

Roy Curvers (NED)
Leading into Saturday my preparation for the classics has been almost perfect. I have been really impressed by the general level of everyone on the team and how well everyone is working together in the races so far. I’m curious to see how this will pan out over the weekend – the motivation and legs are there we just need to execute the plan.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
I’m really excited for tomorrow and I’m looking forward to testing my legs in a genuinely tough classic. I am satisfied with my pre-season preparation and how the form has been coming on in races so far. I hope to be there deep into the final tomorrow – once we get to Ronse the race will light up and the combination of climbs and cobbles will take their toll on the peloton. It is vital that we stay together as a team and at the front.

Koen De Kort (NED)
I’m looking forward to getting back out there. I’ve done the training and the motivation is definitely there. We rode the final 100km of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last week when testing some new Vittoria tyres and the Giant Defy Advanced SL bikes and that will be handy, knowing what is coming and when.

Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
I have felt pretty good for the last few weeks now so the form is building nicely for the classics campaign. We rode a lot of the route for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad a week ago on the new bikes and tyres. I think from the Kruisberg to Donderij will be very important in the approach to the Taaienberg. Normally the race is decided there.

Kirsten Wild (NED)
I haven’t done this race for a few years as I am usually at the track worlds but I like these kind of races. Positioning will be very important as will good shape as it’s a tough race. I think the first selection will be made on the Côte de Trieu and on the Paterberg. With 200 riders it will be a big fight.

Lucy Garner (GBR)
I want to test myself and my limits on Saturday, but I will be riding in support of others. The middle part of the season is where I will be looking to come into my best form, but it is really exciting knowing that we will go into the race with two riders who have already won a race this year.

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