Belgium with Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert at the Olympics, but without De Lie and Philipsen

Belgium with Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert at the Olympics, but without De Lie and Philipsen

Sven Vanthourenhout, coach of the Belgian team, revealed his selection for the Olympic road race. If Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert had already been selected for the time trial, they will be accompanied in the road race by Jasper Stuyven and Tiesj Benoot. Two experienced runners, already present in Tokyo, but who will be in a teammate role.

They were preferred to sprinters Jasper Philipsen and Arnaud de Lie. A choice justified by the coach, in comments relayed by RTBF: “I had to choose between four favorites or two favorites and two guys with experience. I finally made the second choice. »

Big ambitions

Vanthourenhout did not hide Belgium’s great ambitions in the two road cycling events. “I hope we can get a medal in the time trial and also in the road race. We must display our ambitions, he declared. We have riders who are among the best in the world so we must not hide. The medal must be a goal. »

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