Vanmarcke leads LottoNL-Jumbo in Paris-Roubaix

Team LottoNL-Jumbo starts with nearly the same squad in Paris-Roubaix this Sunday as it had in the Tour of Flanders. The only difference is that Twan Castelijns replaces Bram Tankink, who isn’t recovered enough from his crash in Flanders. Sep Vanmarcke, after placing third in Flanders, is Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s front man again.

“It’s a pity that Bram Tankink isn’t able to start,” Sports Director Nico Verhoeven said before the Hell of the North. “Bram has a lot of experience, but it’s also important that you are a 100 per cent fit — and Twan Castelijns is.”

“What we learned from Sunday is that Sep was one of the best in the race,” Verhoeven continued. “And the race didn’t go so smoothly with two crashes and a bike change. Besides that, Paris-Roubaix might suit him even better than the Tour of Flanders.”

Vanmarcke is ready for the 257.5-kilometre monument.

“With the last weeks in mind, I feel confident and I’m looking forward to this race,” he said. “I want to play a key role another time to deliver another great result.”

“If it’s raining, there will be a selection earlier,” Verhoeven added. “It’s going to be harder. The riders’ helpers will fade away earlier so it will be a man-against-man-situation even more. I think that Mike Teunissen secretly laughs about those circumstances. He raced cyclo-cross in the past and is a former winner in the Under 23 version Roubaix. He might surprise everyone this year.”

LottoNl-Jumbo line-up:
Sep Vanmarcke, Maarten Wynants, Maarten Tjallingii, Twan Castelijns, Timo Roosen, Mike Teunissen, Robert Wagner and Tom van Asbroeck.