Handzame ClassicFriday, March 17
The next race of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup is the self-appointed Primavera van het Noorden
on Friday - the sprinters "classic" for all sprinters not going to Italy for Milano-Sanremo. In the past years Erik Baska, Gianni Meersman, Luka Mezgec, Kenny de Haes and Francesco Chicchi made it on the honor list. So well... yeah, some of those have won one or another race elsewhere in their career at least.
Erik Baska is not one of them. But maybe he can make it 2 on Friday.
- Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
- Lotto-Soudal (Bel)
- Katusha-Alpecin (Zwi)
- Bora-Hansgrohe (Dui)
- Professioneel continentale teams:
- Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel)
- Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel)
- Veranda’s Willems-Crelan (Bel)
- WB-Veranclassic (Bel)
- Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij (Ned)
- Gazprom-Rusvelo (Rus)
- CCC-Sprandi Polkowice (Pol)
- Israel CA (Isr)
- Aqua Blue Spor (Ier)
- Nippo-Vini Fantini (Ita)
- Continentale ploegen:
- Joker-Icopal (Noo)
- Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice (Bel)
- Team Coop (Noo)
- An Post-Chainreaction (Ier)
- Development Team Sunweb (Dui)
- Lepoard PC (Lux)
- Tarteletto-Isorex (Bel)
- Cibel-Cebon (Bel)
The provisional start list features some more or less prominent names though...
...among those last year's Coupe de France winner
Moreno Hofland, defending Napoleon Cup champion
Roy Jans, U23 world champion
Kristoffer Halvorsen, the Canadian Cannonball
Adam Blythe and 2013 race winner
Kenny de Haes. Additionally
Quick Step brings some firepower for potentially successful attacks, namely Dries Devenyns, Jack Bauer and Iljo Keisse.
A profile can be found in the technical guide
, but is not of much use anyway. Still... as we all know, boring cycling is better than no cycling: the race will be live on VTM, and maybe also on some local Eurosport channels.