A strong TBM line-up for the Belgium “Queen” of cobblestone classics
Ronde Van Vlaanderen – The Belgium “Queen” of cobblestone classics is ahead of us.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Team comes to this famous race with our team captain Vincenzo Nibali, and our experienced and strong riders as Sonny Colbrelli, who will also have a leader role for this race upon his great experience ant top ten result of last year. Our lineup is highly motivated to achieve good result and get into a fight with this demanding and unique race.
Our riders who will not be in a breakaway or on a specific job will stay around Vincenzo. The crucial point is to be up front, well positioned when we enter the “Oude Kwaremont” 2nd time (km 210) in order to make the cut.
From the km ZERO and during the first 100 km – untill we pass Oude Kwaremont (115 km) the 1st time – it will be Luka Pibernik, Borut Božič and Ivan Cortina who have the job to cover any breakaway attacks more than 10 riders.
Joining in just before Oude Kwaremont the 1st time – from km 100 and till km 210 (Oude Kwaremont) – it is the time for Kristijan Koren and Sonny Corbrelli to try to go into the moves. Saving the legs for the final 55 km to go – is Vincenzo Nibali (Oude Kwaremont and onwards) and Heinrich Haussler to stay around Vincenzo in the final and to do all we can to have two riders in the final says Tristan Hoffman , TBM sports director.Vincenzo NIbali, after a victory at Milano – Sanremo, with all his outstanding quality and all of his TBM teammates, sports directors Tristan Hoffman and RIk Verbrugghe, the management and staff are highly focused for the Belgium “Queen” of cobblestone classics.
On Friday, 30, April, at 15:30 TBM will have a press conference with our riders Vincenzo NIbali, Sonny Colbrelli and Heinrich Haussler, Brent Copeland, General manager and Rik Verbrugghe, sport director to say more of their thoughts and expectations of the unique upcoming race in Belgium.
TBM lineup :
Borut Bozic / Luka Pibernik /Ivan Cortina / Vincenzo Nibali / Sonny Colbrelli / Heinrich Haussler / Kristijan Koren