Sports Director Steve Bauer said that the WorldTour stage race provides CCC Team with different opportunities to race for success.
“This year, BinckBank Tour is a nicely-placed race for our riders preparing for the Cobbled Classics and our Belgian group of Van Hoecke, Van Hooydonck, and Van Keirsbulck know this terrain well, so I am expecting them to be aiming for a stage win. Jakub Mareczko has established some confidence after winning races at Tour de Hongrie and so we will focus on him for any bunch sprint finales while Patrick Bevin, a time trial specialist, will be ready to perform on the stage two race against the clock. While we don’t have a specific General Classification leader, I think after the time trial we will be able to see how we can approach the race from that perspective with our group,” Bauer explained.
After his success at Tour de Hongrie, where he secured three stage wins, Jakub Mareczko is motivated ahead of BinckBank Tour.
“After my stage wins at Tour de Hongrie, I am feeling really motivated for BinckBank Tour. It’s been a little while since I last raced but I have continued to train hard since Hungary and so, I am confident in my shape. I am still chasing that elusive WorldTour stage win and there are some potential opportunities for me to try to take a victory at this race so, I am looking forward to it. I have a lot of confidence in the team we have starting and I will hopefully be able to continue my success here,” Mareczko said.
BinckBank Tour (29 September – 03 October)
Rider Roster: Patrick Bevin (NZL), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP)
Sports Directors: Steve Bauer (CAN), Piotr Wadecki (POL)