Tosh Van der Sande and Jelle Wallays ready for European Championship 2018
On Sunday 12 August, Tosh Van der Sande and Jelle Wallays will be starting in the European Championship road race in Glasgow. The Lotto Soudal riders are part of an eight-member selection who must bring the European title back to Belgium.
After the start at the Glasgow Riverside Museum the riders must face a course of 230 kilometres before they cross the finish line in Glasgow Green. After 16 laps of 14.4 kilometres on the curvy roads in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and Stirling, the successor of Peter Sagan will be known. Tosh Van der Sande and Jelle Wallays are looking ahead.
Tosh Van der Sande: “Sunday will be a special day because it is my first race with the national team. It is a very technical course: constantly twisting and turning, not a kilometre straight ahead… We must be focussed and make it a tough race. I hope to stay in the front for as long as possible and maybe I can join some attackers to support our leading men. As a preparation I slept at height in Spain for a month. During the day it was very hot to train, but it is the ideal preparation since your body has to work harder then. During the stages in the Tour de Wallonie my body still had to adapt but in the second part of the stage race it went well. I now need to continue in this direction towards the EC and later towards the Vuelta.”
Jelle Wallays: “It is a long track and because of the continuous climbing and descending, it seems to be very difficult. I think you can compare it with the Flemish Ardennes. We must make sure that we are always in the front of the race and that we have a good position. The often unpredictable and bad weather can also be an additional factor. For me, the Tour de Wallonie and the last training days in the Flemish Ardennes, are a good preparation for this EC. We still have to discuss the tactic but, in any case, I ride for our leading men, Greg Van Avermaet and Wout Van Aert. Of course, a lot depends on the course of the race, but I hope to be able to help them as good as possible.”