Team NetApp prepares for another two Belgian one-day races
Also in September further Belgian races are marked on the team’s race schedule. The GP Jef Scherens on Sunday and the Memorial Rik van Steenbergen on Wednesday are two category 1.1 races in Flanders.
The 46th edition of the GP on Sunday is being held in memory of Jef Scherens who has been several times World Champion on track. The race leads over 183.3 kilometers round Leuven, the capital of the Flemish-Brabant region. The riders have to deal with four Hellingen on the 14 kilometers circuit course. Keizersberg, Lüdenscheidsingel, Wijnpersstraat and Naamsevest are short and nasty climbs which have to be crossed 13times.
"There are a lot of sharp curves and narrow alleys in Leuven, so we have to ride very attentively right from the beginning and watch out to catch the decisive groups. There will be many attacks which the field will parry and only the final kilometers will show who will be strong enough to prevail", comments Sports Director Jens Heppner.
Memorial Rik van Steenbergen three days later comes up with a totally flat profile. First, the course heads east of Antwerp with a 156 kilometer loop up to Westerlo, followed by four local laps of 8.4 kilometers in Aartselaar.
„This race also finishes with circuits when eventual breakaways most likely get caught and a bunch sprint leads to a decision. For sure we hope, contrary to what happened last year with all the crashes and defects, that we are more lucky and able to sprint for good results“, continues Jens Heppner.
Line-Up GP Jef Scherens:
Jerome Baugnies, Andreas Dietziker, Markus Eichler, Reto Hollenstein, Bartosz Huzarski, Leo König, Matthias Brändle
Line-Up Memorial Rik van Steenbergen:
Cesara Benedetti, Andreas Dietziker, Reto Hollenstein, Bartosz Huzarski, Leo König, Matthias Brändle, Daniel Schorn, Andre Schulze