E3 Saxo Bank Classic

Victor Campenaerts and Dimitri Claeys lead the local charge in Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ selection for the E3 Saxo Bank Classic on Friday.

The Belgian duo will be joined by the likes of Simon Clarke and Michael Gogl, while the highly experienced Bert-Jan Lindeman will likely play a crucial support role on the day.

In Emil Vinjebo and Lasse Norman Hansen we have two young Danes who will be looking to likely cover any big early moves.

Back to the burbs and cobbles, and on my home roads! It’ll be my first E3 and like all of the Classics, my first experiences. I’m very excited of course, it will be a hard race as I think it’s hardest of the preparation races heading towards the Tour of Flanders.

We have a strong team and I think that everybody’s already shown that they’re in good shape, so let’s make a great day out of it.

Victor campenaerts

Like we all know it’s cold, 204km and it is a mini-version of Ronde van Vlanderen but it is very concentrated in terms of the climbs. So going into Côte de Trieu at km 107 at the bottom, and the following 80km it’s very congested and hectic. So we’ll be looking to race well as a team and then hopefully we’ll be able to have some underdogs of Team Qhubeka ASSOS up there, racing smartly and looking towards Michael Gogl, Simon Clarke and Victor Campenaerts.

If there is a breakaway we may look towards the likes of Emil and Lasse Norman to play a role but that’s not a given. We are there as underdogs, look forward to the racing!

Lars Michaelsen

E3 Saxo Bank Classic lineup [squad numbers]:

Victor Campenaerts [55]

Dimitri Claeys [29]

Simon Clarke [09]

Michael Gogl [07]

Lasse Norman Hansen [44]

Bert-Jan Lindeman [02]

Emil Vinjebo [34]