The young group of Kévin Van Melsen, who just won their fourth UCI victory and a selection for the U23 Giro in June, is preparing for two of the most prestigious races on the calendar of the Development team. On Sunday 7th of May, thirteen riders of Circus-ReUz-Technord will be divided to participate in Paris-Roubaix U23 and La Flèche Ardennaise.
The U23 version of the Hell of North is organized for the first time since 2019, with a parcours of 164 kilometer following nearly the same mythical routes as the pros. Between the start in Cateau Cambrésis and the finish on the velodrome in Roubaix, 22 cobble sections have to be covered, with among them the famous section in Mons-en-Pévèle within the final 50 kilometer and Carrefour de l’Arbre within the final 20 kilometer.
The recent winner of the Tour de Bretagne, Roel van Sintmaartensdijk, will receive the support of local rider Axel Huens, Belgian riders Tim Rex, Dylan Vandenstorme and Jelle Vermoote and young Italian rider Alessio Delle Vedove.
Directed by Dimitri Claeys, the six riders did the recon of the 100 final kilometer of the parcours on Thursday. In March, Huens and van Sintmaartensdijk had the opportunity to race on the cobbles in the north of France during the DP de Denain with World Team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty.
Alessio Delle Vedove
Roel van Sintmaartensdijk
OUR BIKE FOR ROUBAIX
Frame: CUBE Litening Aero C68:X®
Handlebars: CUBE Integrated ICR Cockpit System
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Di2 avec CeramicSpeed OSPW
Crankset: Rotor ALDHU avec INspider powermeter & CeramicSpeed roulements
Pedals: Look Kéo Blade Carbon Ceramic
Wheels: NEWMEN Advanced SL R.42
Tires: Continental GP5000 AS 32mm
Bottle holders: Elite