The Druivenkoers in Overijse (1.1, 26/08) is a yearly appointment on the classic calendar at the end of August. The parcours of the 61st edition changed again, but the start and finish in the Dreef street in Overijse remained the same. This finish welcomed de previous years especially punchers and classic riders. Thanks to Jérôme Baugnies and Xandro Meurisse, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert was unbeatable between 2015 and 2018.
This season, the parcours follows some roads of next month’s World Championships is composed of two big loops which alternate each other. The smallest, rather flat lap of 23.3 kilometer, contains the Lanestraat at the only hill and is repeated five times. The Taymansstraat, Bekestraat, Veeweide, Smeysberg and Moskesstraat are part of the bigger circuit of 48.5 kilometer which has to be covered three times. This totals to twenty hills in a race of 192 kilometer. The Moskesstraat is the final difficulty 7 kilometer before the finish.
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert will be able to have several irons in the fire with its experienced line up. Next to the Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay Hailu and the Italian rider Andrea Pasqualon, who will make their debut in the Druivenkoers, and Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn, four Belgian riders will be at the start. Aimé De Gendt, Ludwig De Winter, Baptiste Planckaert and Pieter Vanspeybrouck complete the line up under the sportive direction of Hilaire Van der Schueren. Taco Van der Hoorn finished 5th in his only participation in 2018 and is looking forward to a hard semi classic.
De Gendt Aimé
Ludwig De Winter
Girmay Hailu Biniam
Taco Van der Hoorn
Hilaire Van der Schueren