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by Shane Stokes
April 17, 2018
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With Greg Van Avermaet’s Classics campaign at an end, the BMC Racing Team has shifted its attention to the two remaining one day races, namely Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. It has named 2017 podium-finisher Dylan Teuns as the leader of the squad for the first of those races.
“The Classics are always special races,” he said. “I’m really motivated. I feel that my condition is where it needs to be and I’m confident after some good results this year. La Flèche Wallonne is a race that really suits me, especially with the steep climbs.
“The final ascent of the Mur de Huy is the key point of the race so it’s important to be well positioned there. I’ll look to give it my maximum on Wednesday.” He will be supported by Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Gerrans, Alberto Bettiol, Kilian Frankiny and Loïc Vliegen. The latter is making his return after fracturing a scaphoid last month.
Sports Director Jackson Stewart predicts how he believes things will turn out. “The course has changed for La Flèche Wallonne with two new climbs in the first 100km. So maybe it is harder from an elevation standpoint, but I think it is too early to affect the finale. The circuit is exactly the same so the race is likely to come down to the final ascent of the Mur de Huy as it normally does.”