Michael Valgren and Edvald Boasson Hagen return to headline our roster in the second race of the Spring Classics in Belgium.
Both competed as recently as Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice but took some time off following early departures from those.
The 2018 edition was won by Niki Terpstra who has since changed teams linking up with Direct-Energie, with Valgren finishing 14th and Boasson Hagen 24th.
In a race that features a number of very well known climbs with just over 70km to go to the finish the Taaienberg has, historically, played a key moment in deciding victory at E3.
He said it…
“I’m really looking forward to getting back to racing after Tirreno. I think that it was a good idea that I pulled out of Sanremo to get some good training done.
“I’ve been training well and feeling good so that’s nice for me. I’m really looking forward to returning to E3, it’s one of the first cobble races that I did 2 years ago and where I did well.
“So I have good memories from that and hopefully I can keep having good memories of it, and see what we can do as a team on Friday. It’s a nice mini-Flanders and it’s always a good preparation for the big one.” – Michael Valgren
“After some time off for I’ve been out training in Spain and had some good long rides as well as good interval sessions. I’m feeling much better and really look forward to racing E3 and the rest of the Classics.
“I’m hoping for the best result (on Friday) but this will be part of building back into the rest of the Classics to come. I’m looking forward to getting to Belgium now to meet up with the rest of the guys and get back to racing.” –
Edvald Boasson Hagen
“E3 is a serious classic, in fact as hard as Tour of Flanders, but shorter. It will be exciting to see if Michael and Edvald are fully recovered and recovered their ‘good feeling’. With the race yesterday, we showed that the support team is ready and, in any case, we will do everything to get the best out of every individual.” – Gino Van Oudenhove