In a time frame of 24 hours, Intermarché-Circus-Wanty will participate to Omloop het Nieuwsblad (Saturday) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Sunday), two Flemish classics which traditionally form the Belgian opening weekend. For the team of Jean-François Bourlart, it is even a long weekend until Tuesday with the GP Le Samyn, the first race on Walloon territory on the calendar.
With six victories and fourteen podiums after one month of racing, never did the World Team head to the Belgian opening weekend with similar dynamics. For these three one day races, a group of eleven riders will be divided in rosters of seven men: Niccoló Bonifazio, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Dries De Pooter, Rune Herregodts, Arne Marit, Madis Mihkels, Hugo Page, Baptiste Planckaert, Laurenz Rex, Mike Teunissen en Taco van der Hoorn.
After two days in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes, the World Team lines up for the 57th edition of the GP Le Samyn. The course of 209 kilometer in the Hainaut province remains unchanged, with its traditional loop of 130 kilometer towards the Pays des Collines and its three laps around Dour, with five difficult cobble sections in each of them.