The Tour de France 2018 was presented on Tuesday at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Our French promise Guillaume Martin and sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren were present and give their vision on the course.
"There is a stage for everyone! For a Belgian team with riders as ours, there are definitely opportunities in the first week. Especially in the Roubaix stage, if we are invited, my team-mates can perform on the cobbles. "
"There will be a lot of adrenaline that day. For my part that day will be difficult. But if I lose time there are two more weeks to chase stage wins or something else."
"Then there are a lot of stages that suit riders with my profile, but also a day with no less than 5000 altitude meters! With the cobbles, the first week will be extreme, but that will be the same case in the mountains."
"We must specifically prepare ourselves to shine in both short and long stages. I will have to train to respond from the start, which is not my strongest point."
"I look specifically forward to the La Rosière stage, because it is similar to the one I won in Tour de l'Avenir."
Hilaire Van der Schueren:
"The course in the first week looks very spectacular and then it becomes very hard. I think we have a role to make the course even more spectacular than it seems. We also have a number of riders who can play a role in the last week."
"In the first week, you can not win the Tour, but you can lose it, as it may be for Martin who could lose time. We must also prepare ourselves for the team time trial that should suit us."
"In the short stages, it will not be easy to get within the time limit, but that is Le Tour! We have to prepare ourselves well and present ourselves in great condition. I certainly trust in returning to the Tour. We showed us in the past edition and won the UCI Europe Tour again. It will not be easy for ASO to pass us. "