As the name indicates, Circuit des Ardennes International is a French race in the southern part of the Ardennes, meaning the peloton will be riding over short steep hills 2-3 kilometers long.
First stage is the flattest one of the three and could potentially end in a bunch sprint, while the following two days have more hills on the menu.
“We hope that we with Alexander Kamp, Emil Vinjebo and maybe Nicolai Brøchner, if he can survive the hills, can be there and deliver some strong results. We’re looking forward to the challenge”, says directeur sportif Michael Skelde.
“Here we enter the race as some of the favorites, meaning we’re not just tagging along trying to do a solid result, we’re participating in defining the standard of what it takes to win”.
“We’re targeting the general classification. We realize many teams are here to do the same, but we’re here to win. We’ll do our best to see what we can do. Brøchner is very motivated for todays sprint on the first stage, and the whole team are motivated to make a difference.”
“So, in the short term we have a goal today with Brøchner, but on the long run we’re aiming for the general classification - we have several cards to play depending on how the race develops, and hopefully we’ll be standing with the trophy on Sunday”, ends Michael Skelde.
Last year's winners:
2018: Anthony Maldonado (St Michel - Auber93)
2017: Jhonatan Narváez (Axeon Hagens Berman)
2016: Olivier Pardini (Wallonie - Bruxelles)
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