This Sunday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will participate in La Roue Tourangelle (1.1, 27/03), the fifth race of the French Cup. The parcours with several short hills of 1 kilometer or shorter often welcomed sprinters on the podium the past couple of years. The classic connects Château-Renault and Tours in 202 kilometer, with nineteen categorized climbs, among whom seven in the final race hour. Before joining the centre of Tours, the riders have to accomplish 8 flat kilometers after the final difficulty.
Belgian sprinter Gerben Thijssen (4th at the GP Monseré, 5th in Bredene-Koksijde) will be accompanied by his compatriots Tom Devriendt and Loïc Vliegen (3rd in Jaén), Hungarian rider Barnabás Peák (2nd in Drenthe) and neopros Julius Johansen and Hugo Page. Last named showed himself on home soil with a sixteenth place in the GP de Denain and a fifth place in the Classique Loire Atlantique. The selection of six riders will be guided by sports director Jean-Marc Rossignon.