On Wednesday, March 23rd, the 71st edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen takes place as Team Giant-Alpecin will try to get a positive result. This race takes place in the Flanders and it is the traditional opening of another half week of racing in the area that leads up to next week’s Ronde van Vlaanderen.
This year`s route is 199.7 KM long and as always has the typical Flemish cobbled hills such as the Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont.
Dwars door Vlaanderen will also be the first race for Chad Haga (USA) since the training accident and Giant is more than happy to see him back in the saddle. The american will join 5 teammates on the tricky course in Flanders.
“With the recent number of unfortunate injuries, we are heading to Belgium with six riders but we will still be ready to challenge and to make an impression as a team,” explained coach Arthur van Dongen.
“We will try to be in the breakaway and we must be attentive during the key moments of the race as the combination of the steep hills will make it exhausting. This is a very young line-up and it will be an important race in the development of the team.”
Team Giant-Alpecin line-up for Dwars door Vlaanderen: Caleb Fairly (USA), Chad Haga (USA), Cheng Ji (CHN), Carter Jones (USA), Fredrik Ludvigsson (SWE), Sam Oomen (NED).
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