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Many regard the QuickStep Floors team as the big favourites for Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, but both Matteo Trentin and Luke Durbridge believe it is possible for Mitchelton-Scott to contend for the win. Trentin was part of the QuickStep setup for many years but moved across to the Australian squad over the winter; he has been going well of late and was confident on Thursday.
“I’m feeling good actually” he said. “Resting on Wednesday allowed me to go back home, get in a couple of good training sessions in, as well as some family time to recharge the battery at 100% for Sunday. I think this year’s Flanders will probably be one of the most balanced races of the last decade. There is not one leading rider to look at, as the last races was won all by different riders and with different podiums too.
“Of course the leading team will be Quickstep but all the scenarios remain open as they also don’t have a leading rider. I think there are at least eight to ten guys that can win Flanders on Sunday and I feel like I am part of that group.
Tretin was seventh in last weekend’s Gent-Wevelgem and 11th in the E3 Harelbeke. Durbridge’s perforamances have been quieter of late but he nevertheless has confidence. “My form in coming good into this race. I feel that the last couple of races haven’t quite gone to plan but I can definitely see some signs that things are moving in the right direction.
“Sunday is obivously one of the best races of the year. I always love this race because the crowds are just amazing, people everywhere and it really is the pinnacle of the races up here and the one we’ve been building towards these past weeks.”
The team will also include Jack Bauer, Alex Edmondson, Mathew Hayman, Michael Hepburn and Luka Mezgec.