This Saturday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux heads to Eijsden (The Netherlands) for the 47th edition of the Volta Limburg Classic (1.1, 2/04), a one day race of 195 kilometer with 38 hills in the Dutch and Belgian Limburg provinces.
With the Meuse river in the background, the peloton will rapidly encounter the Bemelerberg (0.8km at 5.3%), which has to be covered a second time after a loop containing the Loorberg (1.2km at 7.1%) and Camerig (2.5km at 6.3%). The second race half contains a triple passage on the Gulpenberg (0.4 km at 10.9%) and the Koning van Spanje (1.6 km at 4.4%). The peloton will then make a detour past the highest point of Flanders before riding back to the cobbles in the centre of Eijsden. At the end of a flat local lap of 6 kilometer, the winner will be chosen among the survivors of the selective race which returned to the calendar after two years of absence.
Loïc Vliegen, ninth in 2016 and 2017, will race on his training roads just like Kévin Van Melsen, who celebrated his 35th victory this Friday. They will race alongside their compatriots Baptiste Planckaert, who returns into competition since Paris-Nice, and Laurens Huys, who made his World Tour debut last week in the Volta a Catalunya. Danish rider Julius Johansen and Hungarian rider Barnabás Peák complete the selection under direction of Valerio Piva and Bart Wellens.