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Tour of Flanders: Giant-Shimano going for second win in a week

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Giant-Shimano feel confident going into the Tour of Flanders this weekend.

The Dutch team are in high spirits after last Sunday's win in Gent-Wevelgem where John Degenkolb sprinted to victory ahead of Arnaud Demare and Peter Sagan.

Giant-Shimano announced their riders today for the Tour of Flanders, and this is who will be involved:

Nikias Arndt, Roy Curvers, John Degenkolb, Dries Devenyns, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Koen De Kort, Ramon Sinkeldam and Tom Veelers.

Yesterday some of the riders rode the route of the course to familiarise themselves with it so they can make sure they prepare for the different sections.

The riders will race 259km on challenging terrain.

The one day race starts on the 6th April in Brugge and has been won eight times by Belgian riders since the year 2000, most recently Tom Boonen in 2012.

Degenkolb admits the team and himself are looking forward to the race, according to Bike World News.

The German said: "I'm feeling good now. It's a great feeling to go into this race with much more confidence than the past years. Winning on Sunday takes a lot of pressure off the whole team.

"We did a really good training ride out on the course yesterday which helps to remind yourself of where the difficulties are.

"De Ronde is one of the hardest races though and a lot can happen. We will need to ride well as a team once again but we can be there at the end.

"Flanders for me is one of the biggest days in the year and to come here with a strong team having won a classic is a good feeling." 

Belgian team-mate Dries Devenyns expects the course to be a tough challenge but thinks his team are ready to take on the course.

Devenyns said: "We had a really good reconnaissance ride of the Flanders course yesterday (Thursday). I started early and rode the last 150km of the race in total, going over all of the important difficult points and when we need to be at the front.

"Everybody knows that this race is a really hard course and only the strongest will fight it out on the passage of the Kwaremont and Paterberg and I hope to be in there.

"For me this race is inspiring as it goes around my home base, so I want to be able to do as good a job as possible on Sunday."

 

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