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Grand Prix de Denain

Grand Prix de Denain is annually held in Denain, France, and has been ridden since it's inaugural edition in 1959. In 2005 it was introduced into the UCI Europe Tour as a 1.1 race, before becoming a 1.HC race in 2016. The race is also part of the Coupe de France de cyclisme sur route; a cup of several french races throughout the calendar with it's own ranking system.

”The race is part of the Coupe de France, and usually the riders arriving here are ready to ride aggressively”, says directeur sportif Michael Skelde. “We have to be ready from the beginning, and then we’ll see throughout the race, what we can do.”

“Theres a good to fair chance that a group of 50-80 riders arrive at the finish for a sprint. Depending on how the race evolves, Andreas Stokbro and Krister Hagen are maybe our best shots at a good result - but if the bunch rides aggressively, that’s probably where our best chances lie.”

“The goal is to do a good team performance and hopefully have a guy in the final with a good finish. If we could get a rider in the top 10, that would be very good”, ends Michael Skelde.

 

Last year's winners:

2018: Kenny Dehaes (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic)

2017: Arnaud Démare (FDJ)

2016: Daniel McLay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept)

 

 

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