Because of the change of date from September to June for the Brussels Cycling Classic, a long weekend of racing awaits Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in Belgium. Fourteen riders will represent the World Team during this Pentecost weekend in the Heistse Pijl on Saturday, the Brussels Cycling Classic on Sunday and the Ronde van Limburg on Monday.
Last year, the Brussels Cycling Classic (1.Pro) added a couple of important Flemish hills to its parcours. Also this 102nd edition covers the Muur van Geraardsbergen, the Bosberg and the Congoberg twice in the beginning of the second race half. It was in this hill zone that Aimé De Gendt followed a select group in the previous edition, finishing second to Remco Evenepoel in the Houba de Strooperlaan after a little more than 200 kilometer.
In the preceding editions, which were ridden on a course suited for sprinters, Alexander Kristoff finished in the top 15 each time he participated, with a fourth place as reference. The Norwegian rider returns to Belgium since his success in the Scheldeprijs, alongside Dimitri Claeys, Aimé De Gendt, Quinten Hermans, Adrien Petit, Taco van der Hoorn and Loïc Vliegen.