“It is a deliberate choice not to explore”, the Nieuwsblad notes from team leader Bart Leysen. “Our riders have been going on for a while and most have already explored the Flemish opening classic individually. There is a good chance that a few riders will also be on the road this week, but our team does not have a really organized exploration. ”
Van der Poel will be the leader at Alpecin-Fenix on Saturday. “He is unquestionably our man with number one,” said Leysen. “He broke off his cyclocross season early to concentrate on the road. In the Tour of the Algarve he deliberately kept aloof. Mathieu is not yet in top condition because his main goals are later in the season. But he will probably not miss anything if the opportunity presents itself. “
Van der Poel is supported in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad by Dries De Bondt, Senne Leysen, Kristian Sbaragli, Scott Thwaites, Petr Vakoc and Otto Vergaerde.
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