Friday, 13 March 2015

Two weeks after Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, juniors are back to racing in Belgium for another uci rated one day classic, GP André Noyelle 2015.

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Last year's podium (photo: bloggen.be)

History of the race started in 1983 when Reginald Vandamme won the first edition. In 1996 race was named after André Noyelle, the only Belgian Olympic gold medalist in cycling who was born in Ypres, city host of this event . On the list of previous winners you may find some big names like Meersman, Stannard and Devolder. Last two editions of GP André Noyelle won Dutch riders. Two years ago, Andre Looij who is currently riding for Team Roompot Oranje, won ahead of two Belgians: Jenthe Biermans and Edward Planckaert. Last year edition, which was also the first one rated as 1.1 MJ event, won Mitchell Cornelisse, currently riding for Rabobank Development Team.

The route  is exactly the same as last year. 16th edition of Belgian one day race will start and finish in Yepres. 95,7 kilometers race features similar route to the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne with eight heiligen during the course through the Region Heuvelland with famous Kemmelberg in the middle of the race. Last year, the decisive break was made after the hills but the damage that was done to the peleton on hills helped them to stay away.

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Race profile
Like in every junior race it's pretty hard to predict the winner. Two weeks ago I didn't even list Yannick Detant as a rider to watch and yet he won. This time he's for sure one of the notable names even tough it's hard to expect him to win again. Other Dutch rider to watch is Bram Welten from TWC Pijnenburg who won Belgian opener in Rijkevorsel two weeks ago and can rely on support from Bob Olieslagers who was seventeenth last year. Other strong Dutch contender should be Pascal Eenkhoorn from Avia Wcup who was twelveth in Kuurne. Balen BC brings strong team again with Cedirc Buellens and Ward Jaspers. In Kuurne they've missed the crucial move and they will be looking for a first win in this season. Davo Cycling Team brings two riders who already won a race this year: Stijn Goolaerts and Julian Mertens while Tieltse Rennersclub arrives with three strong contenders: Aaron Verwilst, Shayne Pruvoost and Daan Farazijn. Another strong Belgian team is Zannata-Lotto CT who brings winner of Memorial Frank Meeuw, Pierre Goebbert and two guys who finished top ten last year: Jonas Castrique and Cyril Dendievel. Other notable starters: Robbe Ghys, Thibaut Panis, Maxime Gressier, Jelle Nieuwport.

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