CyclingThe last days before starting Omloop. Preparation rates are running. Who showed themselves in good shape? Who will bear the weight of the race? Yves Lambert squeezes the competition’s shoulders. “They’ve made good transfers at Jumbo-Visma, but if they say it themselves, they can also prove it.”
The Algarve Tour is traditionally an interesting setting for the opening weekend: Stefan Kung Jade and Tom Bidcock ride better than his coach Kurt Bogarts expected. Teammate Dylan Van Barley (Ineos Grenadiers) also rides smoothly, but is absent from the Omloop.
On the Belgian side, we did very well for Dries de Bond: “I have not been better at this time of year. My expectations are high”, said the former Belgian champion Albaicin-Phoenix, who attacked in the final.
Yves Lampaert (Quick.Step-Alpha Vinyl) also picked yesterday a harepath and is ready to play his part in Omloop. “We start with four leaders: Senchal, Asgreen, Staybar and myself. Perhaps Asgreen is more protective than the other three,” said Lampert, who finished second in the Omloop in 2020.
“My peak is only in the period from Harelbeke to Roubaix, but I am already feeling good. I must say I got a little sick this week: sinusitis, normal fare during this period. I think I got it for the Algarve when I went to see Bert van Lerberge, who His son was sick,” Lambert plays a bit of a game of hide-and-seek.
He does not hide from Omloop tactics. “I heard they say at Jumbo-Visma they are stronger than our team. Maybe it is. They made good transfers, but if they say it themselves, they can also prove it. It is up to them to dominate the race on Saturday.”
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