The GP de Denain (1.Pro, 21/09) was always considered as a sprint classic until in 2018 when the addition of 20 kilometer of cobbles transformed it into a general repetition for Paris-Roubaix. Both races couldn’t take place this spring because of the pandemic and were postponed to the end of the season.
Twelve cobble sections adorn the 62nd edition of 200.3 kilometer, during which the peloton will cross the finish line in Denain three times before the actual finish of the race. Haspres-Thiant (1700m), Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon-Maing (1600m), Maing-Quérénaing (2500m), Quérénaing-Verchain-Maugré (1600m), Verchain-Maugré-Saulzoir (1200m) and Avesnes-le-Sec-Hordain (1800m) are the six cobble sections which are repeated twice during the final 90 kilometer. After the last section, 11 kilometer remain until the finish in Denain.
For this tenth race of the French Cup, sports directors Hilaire Van der Schueren and Steven De Neef can rely on Aimé De Gendt, twice the runner-up in Le Samyn, Taco van der Hoorn, recently 2nd in the Antwerp Port Epic, and Baptiste Planckaert who will participate for the eighth time this Tuesday. The 32 year old finished in the top 15 of each of the races of the French Cup in which he participated this season. Cyclocross specialist Quinten Hermans will participate in his last road race of the season on the favorite terrain of Ludwig De Winter. Together with Wesley Kreder he was a part of Danny van Poppel’s podium in the Gooikse Pijl last Sunday. Also French neopro Théo Delacroix will be at the start in Denain.
Aimé De Gendt
Ludwig De Winter
Taco van der Hoorn
Hilaire Van der Schueren
Steven De Neef