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World Tour classics continue with E3 Harelbeke

The spring classics continue with E3 Harelbeke this Friday, March 25th. The race features 15 hills and 4 cobblestones sections along the 206 KM route, including the well-known ascents of Taaienberg, Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo will try to improve on last years` 5th place performance again with Sep Vanmarcke as their leader.

As the big cobbled classics start this week, Vanmarcke planned to be on form for them: “I’m in good shape and these races are my main targets,” he said. “E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem are always beautiful races. I want to compete with the best. This is the start of the period that’s about delivering results for me, and I will have my first chance to do so on Friday.”

At the same time, Team Giant-Alpecin will be looking to test their legs on Friday. Their coach Luke Roberts said: “At E3 Harelbeke we are facing one of the toughest races among the Flemish Classics. We have a few riders coming into good shape and I expect them to be competitive.”

They hope to gain some advantage by having local rider Zico Waeytens in their squad:

“The second half of the race contains a lot of cobbled climbs and narrow roads making it a difficult finale. With Zico part of the line-up, we also have some added local knowledge that can be to the team’s advantage during this challenging race.”

Team LottoNL-Jumbo line-up E3 Harelbeke: Twan Castelijns, Jos van Emden, Tom Leezer, Timo Roosen, Bram Tankink, Maarten Tjallingii, Sep Vanmarcke and Maarten Wynants.

Team Giant-Alpecin line-up E3 Harelbeke: Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN), Roy Curvers (NED), Bert De Backer (BEL), Koen de Kort (NED), Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), Tom Stamsnijder (NED), Albert Timmer (NED), Zico Waeytens (BEL)

Belgian classics cobblestone classics E3 Harelbeke Sep Vanmarcke Team Giant-Alpecin Team LottoNL-Jumbo world tour

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