The German cycling team BORA – ARGON 18 has secured the coveted wildcard to the 99th edition of the Tour of Flanders. Manager Ralph Denk’s team will therefore be tackling the biggest Belgian classic for the fourth year in a row. The “Ronde” is one of the five monuments on the cycling calendar. BORA - ARGON 18 has already been invited to compete in three of them (Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Il Lombardia).
“The Belgian classics season starts in two weeks, and the invitation is thus extremely motivating. In recent years, we completed the Tour of Flanders in about 30th place. We expect to do significantly better this year. The team’s experience from competing in the Tour of Flanders three times, and countless smaller classics on the same roads are sure to pay off,” says Ralph Denk, Team Manager of BORA - ARGON 18.
This year's Tour of Flanders will take place on Easter Sunday, April 5. After the traditional start on the market square in Bruges, the team will have to cover 265 kilometers before crossing the finishing line in Oudenaarde. The profile includes 19 infamous hellinge, including ten climbs over cobblestones.
The organizer of the Tour of Flanders already invited the team to compete in the WorldTour classic Gent-Wevelgem last week. The German team can thus already look forward to forty racing days in the highest category.
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