This week, a contingent of seven riders of the structure Intermarché-Circus-Wanty is in Drenthe, in The Netherlands, for the European Road Championships.
On Wednesday and Thursday Rein Taaramäe (Estonia) and Jelle Vermoote(Belgium) represented their country in the individual time trial (25th) and mixed relay (7th) respectively, in the run-up to the road races at the end of the week.
This Friday at 9h30 in Hoogeveen, the Walloon structure had four riders at the start of the U23 road race. Jasper Dejaegher will represent Belgium for the first time alongside Jelle Vermoote, next to Madis Mihkels (Estonia) and Francesco Busatto (Italy). The parcours will reach the Col du VAM via Coevorden, Sleen, Schoonoord and Westerbork, with five local laps summing up to 135 kilometer.
On Sunday, Lauren Molengraaf and Mike Teunissen will battle for the title in their home country. First named will start her last race in the junior category at 9h, for 68 kilometer divided in five laps around the Col du VAM. In the afternoon, Teunissen will start the elite race in Assen for a loop of 110 kilometer through the whole province of Drenthe, before reaching the top of the Col du VAM after six laps and exactly 200 kilometer of racing.
Initially, nine riders of the structure were selected for these European Championships, but Axel Huens (France) and Roel van Sintmaartensdijk(The Netherlands) had to withdraw from the selection following illness and the consequences of a crash in the Championships of Flanders in Koolskamp.