“Everything went well and smoothly,” Elite National Coach Sven Vanthornhout said right after touchdown. “Everyone was able to get a little sleep on the flights. Once we passed passport control, we tried to get the passengers and passengers to the hotel as quickly as possible. (Headlands in Austinmer Beach, New South Wales, ed.) Where they can instantly have their first good night and this way they can really get to know their senses. In the meantime, we collected the bikes and took them to the hotel in turn. The ride was long and would undoubtedly be heavy, but we adapted for that. Above all: we know what we’re doing. This makes a difference.”
After Yves Lambert – “Very nice hotel, but I’m quite tired from the trip” – Lotte Kubiki – “I’ll try to sleep well now to get to the rhythm as quickly as possible” – and all the women and young riders whose single time trials and mixed relay will take place in Wollongong on Sunday, Followed shortly thereafter – seven hours later – by Remko Evenpoel (with physiotherapist Anthony Bowles) from Madrid (via Dubai). And after another hour and a half the “Canadian” quartet (from Montreal via Vancouver) Wute van Aert, Jasper Stuyven, Nathan van Hooydonk and Stan Deolph. Peter Serry, Quentin Hermans and all the other road racers are expected to be on Australian soil Thursday night local time (Thursday afternoon with us). The weather conditions are not too bad, Vanthornhout says. “Great spring weather now. But the chance of rain will increase in the coming days.” Fortunately, sunny weather and eighteen degrees are expected again towards the end of the week.
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