Ewan strikes again at the Tour de France!
Second stage victory for Ewan in his first Tour!
On Sunday 30 June, not only the Belgian national jersey will be at stake but a lot of other national champions will be crowned as well. Several non-Belgian Lotto Soudal riders will be at the start of their national road championship. Adam Blythe, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Rasmus Byriel Iversen, Roger Kluge and Brian van Goethem preview the race and express their expectations.
Denmark – Rasmus Byriel Iversen
Ribe – Esbjerg (225 km)
Rasmus Byriel Iversen: “Just like the course of the time trial championships, the profile of the road race is completely flat. I hope to finish inside the top ten but I know that will be really hard to obtain as there are some big continental teams, which will make it really hard to escape the bunch. But I think the shape is there to ride a top ten result.”
Norway – Carl Fredrik Hagen
Hønefoss – Hønefoss (204 km)
Carl Fredrik Hagen: “We already raced on a part of the circuit in this year’s final Tour of Norway stage. The local lap, which we will do fifteen times, is 13.7 kilometres long and every lap includes some short climbs. The Nationals in Norway are always difficult as only around fifteen pros participate. There are three big continental teams and some strong club teams, which will make it a very tactical race. Of course, my goal is to fight for the victory. I know the shape is good, but I have no teammates by my side, which means I’ll have to go for the right breakaway and have a bit of luck as well.”
Great Britain – Adam Blythe
Norwich – Norwich (189 km)
Adam Blythe: “The course is not super hard but being on my own in the race, I will have to select the right move to go with. Of course I hope to be in the front group and to get the national jersey back but it certainly won’t be easy.”
The Netherlands – Brian van Goethem
Ede – Ede (226.8 km)
Brian van Goethem: “The course is slightly undulating but it shouldn’t really be of big importance. I don’t have a specific result in mind. A lot will depend on how the race unfolds on Sunday. In any case, I want to race aggressively to obtain the best possible result. The Dutch national championships are always difficult as there are some big teams at the start. As a sole rider, it can be both a blessing and a curse.”
Germany – Roger Kluge
Hohenstein-Ernstthal / Sachsenring (180.6 km)
Roger Kluge: “The course of the road race is quite hilly, there are 185 altitude metres in each lap of 12.9 kilometres which means it’s always a little up and down. It does not really favour any specific type of rider. It is definitely an opportunity for the sprinters and maybe a chance for Ackermann to defend his title. For me as a single starter, it is always difficult to have a tactic. You can either go in a break and hope that the move will go till the line or just poker and wait until the finale and hope for good legs. I felt good the past weeks so I might go for the second tactic.”