Part II of our Weekend Preview. Part I is here.
Sunday’s prestige promises tired legs and minds after the power-sucking sand of Koksijde, Belgium. After driving four hours to Gieten, the Netherlands, who will be at his best? You can count on some Belgian for sure.
The Superprestige will no doubt feature the same mix of guys who will mix it up in the World Cup. Nys, Vervecken and Wellens will no doubt factor into the final rush for victory. Behind them it will be Vanthourenhout, Vantornout, De Knegt, Al, Stybar, Groenendaal, Simunek, Dlask and all the heavy hitters who will be looking to spoil the party of the top few. It will be a question of who has the most left after the World Cup, which no doubt has a little bit more weight to it. If Nys and Wellens have anything left from the previous day, they will be sure fire bets to be contesting for the win in Gieten.
Superprestige U23 Men
Philipp Walsleben will look to continue his dominance in all things U23 with a win in Gieten. His chances are high these days as he’s been all but unstoppable. Even Tom Meeusen’s attempt at victory was derailed by Walsleben at the last instant as Meeusen mistakenly celebrated too early at the last stop on the World Cup circuit. Meeusen will look to undo that mistake in Gieten but will also have to fight off France’s Arnaud Jouffroy and the Czech Republic’s Lukas Kloucek.