In preparation for the 2019 road season Xandro Meurisse and Fabien Doubey will make a short passage in cyclocross in the upcoming weeks. Both Wanty-Gobert riders have a history as a cyclocrosser. The 26-year-old Meurisse will start in four Belgian races: Bredene (29/12), Gullegem (05/01) the Belgian Championships in Kruibeke (13/01) and Zonnebeke (26/01). The 25-year-old Doubey chooses Desnes (30/12), the Swiss EKZ-cross in Meilen (02/01) and the French Championships in Besançon (13/01).
"On Tuesday I rode in the forest with my new Cube Cross Race C:62 bike and on Thursday I rode around for more than two hours. On Thursday I also worked on my position on the bike. You see, I am really working for it. I do not just want to ride a few laps and see where I will finish."
"I was motivated when I saw my competitors from the past riding around in the field. That is why I want to get the most out of it. With the rollers in the morning, track recon, warming up and the cross itself, you quickly have 3-4 hours on the bike a day. The four races I contest fortunately are not too technical races. For the time being the drought also plays to my advantage. "
"This is particularly a good way to bridge the period between two training camps. In Spain I laid a good base in mid-December and now I can train more on intensity in the cyclocross. In the winter of '14 -'15 I rode three races as an elite without a contract. Apart from those three my last cx races date from back in the winter of '11 -'12 as an U23 rider. So I have nothing to lose. "
"When I arrived at Wanty-Gobert in 2017, I decided to concentrate on the road alone. This winter, while maintaining my priority, I wanted to immerse myself once again in cyclo-cross for the French championships that take place at my home in Besançon. This was in line with the philosophy of the team and the technical partners, while it was perfectly integrated in my preparation schedule. It also allows me to share moments with my family, typically the spirit of the cross! "
"My training resumption in November was somewhat delayed because I got married at the end of the season, afterwards I went on honeymoon. I already rode three regional races at the beginning of December, with three podiums: a victory, a second and a third place. I also raced one UCI cross in Spain, during a training camp in Benidorm. Over there I punctured on a bad moment, otherwise a podium spot was possible for sure. Since my return from Spain I often think of the French championships. "
"My technique is slowly coming back. There are still two preparation races left, but Stybar's performance in Zolder gives me hope. If I can find my old level, I dream of a podium spot in Besançon, mainly because I will have a decent starting position. But I do not know if I will perform physically strong. But no matter what, I want to have fun before I focus for 100% on the road again. "