Wanty-Groupe Gobert got his first victory of the year this Wednesday in Le Samyn (UCI 1.1). Guillaume Van Keirsbulck could beat the rain and the wind to get his first victory since 2014. Our Flandrien opened the Walloon season of the team quite good. He sprinted faster than his breakaway companion Alex Kirsch on the finishline in Dour. Backaert finishes 5th. Van Keirsbulck is also the first leader in the Napoleon Games Cup. Next goal : Dwars door West Vlaanderen (1.1) on Sunday.
Guillaume Van Keirbulck :
“The race was very hard. In the final, I didn't know if my opponent was stronger. I tried to attack many times but he was able to catch my wheel every time. So I decided to wait till the sprint and I could beat him.
Now with Wanty-Groupe Gobert I became a leader. In my last team, I always had to ride for a better rider. I had to ride in front almost every race. Now I am a bit more relaxed but very motivated to go for my own goals. In Nieuwsblad and Kuurne I was strong but I made some mistakes. Now I am in good shape, but not yet 100%. I want to get other wins. Sunday I will race Dwars door West-Vlaanderen, then go on training camp with the team in Benidorm to prepare what is coming. After, I will ride Nokere Koerse, Dwars door Vlaanderen and all the cobble classics. I’ll try to win every race if I get an opportunity.”
Hilaire Van der Schueren (sport director):
“What a day ! We needed to win early in the season. Now we can go for the next one. Guillaume was the strongest in the race. He showed it a bit too much. But the win is for all the team. Everybody worked hard for him and he was able to get back at the top. For the next races we will work with him as a leader. But Backaert was also strong (5th) and Kreder got a puncture on the last cobble sections, otherwise he would be able to sprint for top 5.”