OPQS to Halle-Ingooigem
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Halle-Ingooigem, a 198.4km race on June 19th that includes eight climbs, but a relatively flat final 17km. This will be the last race of Tom Boonen in the tri-colored jersey as Belgian National Champion before defending his title at the national championship on June 23rd.
"It's a nice race with good roads," Sport Director Tom Steels said. "It's going to be fast, especially the finishing circuit. Furthermore, it's the last race before the national championships, so it is good for the rhythm. The acceleration of the corners will be good to tune up the condition. It will also be good to see how the other Belgian guys are before Sunday. About our team, we have quality riders for Halle-Ingooigem and we will go for a good result. We will probably do extra training after the race, but it will be according to the individual needs of the riders."