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by Mark Zalewski
March 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.
The Lotto Soudal team is not having a good Classics season thus far, with Tony Gallopin crashing last week at E3 Harelbeke. While the team has seven wins this year in Spain and France, and Jens Debusschere was able to manage a seventh place at Gent-Wevelgem, those results are not enough for a Belgian team racing in its homeland. The team is hoping for better luck and results at this week’s Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, as lead up to the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.
Tony Gallopin is involved in a crash at E3 Harelbeke.
“We aim to go with the Three Days with Tony Gallopin and Jens Debusschere as the two spearheads of our team,” said director sportif Frederik Willems. “Gallopin has recovered well after his crash and is training with only positive signs. A race is obviously different than training so we await the first hour of the first day to see how he reacts to the effort.
“The first day is a classic profile and is ideal for Tony. Just before the finish laps in Haaghoek is the first crucial point, the Wall of Geraardsbergen. We can hope that strong sprinters like Kittel and Kristoff will be thrown overboard. If we go to finish with a smaller group, we ride for Debusschere.”
“In the individual time trial, we can make a difference, and I look forward to the results of Gallopin, Buyst and Frison.”
“Jasper Buyst will be given a free role and Moreno Hofland will work in the sprints for Debusschere. Remy Mertz will be there mainly to gain experience and Lars Bak and Marcel Sieberg are our two veterans.”