No European TT championships and BinckBank Tour for Campenaerts
The Lotto Soudal rider indicates not being sufficiently recovered from the past few intensive months.
On Thursday 27 June the Belgian time trial championship will take place in Middelkerke. Defending champion Victor Campenaerts will do everything possible to prolong his title, but there are various contenders who are ready to make it difficult for him to do so. The Hour Record holder previews the race against the clock.
Victor Campenaerts: “I didn’t recon the course yet, but performance manager Kevin De Weert already did. The stage profile is flat and it’s not very technical. The championship will take place at the seaside in Middelkerke so the wind will play a decisive role. Last year, the profile was more hilly and the road surface was poor. This year, the conditions are better and that will make the race a lot more enjoyable to ride.”
“I’m aware of the fact that I’m the man to beat and that puts pressure on me. If I don’t win the Belgian time trial championship, I will be disappointed. If I win, I would only confirm and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise. But if you can break the world Hour Record for the eyes of 650,000 Flemish people, I think you can say that I perform well under pressure.”
“Wout van Aert might be my biggest competitor if you look at his performances in the Critérium du Dauphiné. Besides, Evenepoel is also in great shape. But our team also has some riders who are able to beat me in the time trial. Thomas De Gendt set great times in the time trials of the Giro and Tim Wellens won the time trial in the Belgium Tour.”
“I will be at the start of the championship with the ambition to win. If I will be beaten by someone of the team, I will be disappointed, but I prefer being beaten by a teammate than by another rider. I hope the jersey stays in our team, however, I will be disappointed if it wouldn’t be on my shoulders.”
“I have had an intensive schedule the last months. I already rode Tirreno-Adriatico, the Giro d’Italia and recently the Tour of Belgium so I do not have to train that much anymore. Of course I will still be having some hard training days, because I am someone who likes to be fully prepared for the day of truth.”
Participants Lotto Soudal: Victor Campenaerts, Thomas De Gendt, Stan Dewulf, Frederik Frison, Brent Van Moer and Tim Wellens.