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Team LottoNL-Jumbo takes Nokere Koerse seriously

LottoNL-Jumbo is taking their best sprinters to Belgian one-day race, Nokere Koerse, where the team should have its chances with Moreno Hofland and Barry Markus.

“This race suits our riders,” Frans Maassen said. “That gives us a beautiful opportunity to achieve good results. Lately, Moreno Hofland and Barry Markus showed that they’re finding their form again. Moreno became seventh three times in Paris-Nice and Barry finished as runner-up in Dwars door Drenthe. Those results raise our confidence looking forward to Nokere Koerse. I hope that will pay off.”

First five
Moreno Hofland knows how they can achieve a good result in Nokere. “Most of the time the race ends in a bunch sprint,” he explained. “But the last kilometres will probably be hectic.”

“Before we head up Nokere berg, a lot of twisting and turning will take place. Nick van der Lijke and Mike Teunnissen have to make sure that they put Barry and me in a good position before the Nokereberg. If we can manage to be with the first five at the foot of the climb, we can get a good result.”

“It doesn’t matter which one of us does the job. We just have to see which one of us has the best legs and work together for the win.”

Team Line-up: Moreno Hofland, Brian Bulgac, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Nick van der Lijke, Barry Markus, Timo Roosen and Mike Teunissen.
Sports Director: Frans Maassen.

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