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Vacansoleil-DCM ready for first ever start at Tour of California

Race also kick-offs preparation towards the Tour de France.

From May 12th until the 19th Vacansoleil-DCM will for its first time take part in the Tour of California. The team of sport director Hilaire Van Der Schueren is happy with the invitation. With a mainly Celeste-outfit the team will honor bike supplier Bianchi at this race over eight days. The team travels to California with a mixed team of gc-riders, sprinters and true attackers.

Sport director Hilaire Van Der Schueren looks forward to the adventure: “It is a new race for us and it fits the program perfectly. I understand that the 2013 race is hard, has great roads and eight days if a perfect length to get some racing in the legs. We come to the start with some riders coming from a rest period and who worked towards this race. I am confident we will get nice results in some stages.”

California also means the kick-off for the preparation towards the Tour de France for some of the riders. Van Der Schueren knows the way to go: “Our team of sport directors and trainers looked at how we can create a team that is ready for the Tour physically and mentally. This is about individual physical preparation but also about creating a group which cares for each other. Nearly all riders we are thinking about for the Tour de France are fresh after a rest and/or training period. Part of the pre-selection for the Tour goes to California after which some go to Belgium and others do altitude training. This will be followed by training on the cooperation in the group with a team time trial training camp including nearly all riders pre-selected for the Tour. A bigt part of those riders will together take the start at the Dauphiné. After the Dauphiné we will go and see one or two stages of the Tour and we should be ready for the race in July.”

Selection for Tour of California: Kris Boeckmans, Thomas De Gendt (Belgium), Juan Antonio Flecha (Spain), Tomasz Marczynski (Poland), Lieuwe Westra, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Boy van Poppel and Wesley Kreder (The Netherlands).

The pre-selection for the Tour will be announced after the Tour of Italy.

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