The Wanty-Groupe Gobert team will make its big debut on Chinese soil this Sunday during the Tour of Taihu Lake (2.1, 07-14/10). The Belgian team will start the 8-day stage race with a mixed team, led by several fast riders, since most of the stages should be contested in a bunch sprint. In the prologue in Wuxi on Sunday six riders will line-up: Wesley Kreder, Mark McNally, Marco Minnaard, Boris Vallée, Kevin Van Melsen and trainee Jasper De Laat. This event of the Asia Tour, in the lands of our Chinese cycling wear supplier Santic, will close the 2018 Wanty-Groupe Gobert campaign.
Jean-François Bourlart (General Manager):
"Participating for the first time in a race in China will be a great experience for our riders, but also for the team in general. We started a partnership with the Chinese company Santic almost one year ago. We work hand in hand to develop new products in the range of cycling wear, with the firm desire to work together on the long term."
"Fred Hou, director of Santic, and his team are passionate and very professional. The Santic brand will gradually become a key player in the European textile market. Moreover some riders will have the opportunity to visit the Santic facilities in Jinjiang, in the heart of China."
Steven De Neef (sports director):
"We present ourselves with a team of six riders who are well prepared, fit and motivated. Given the course we chose for some riders with fast legs. Several stages might suit us and we will try to bring back a victory. We will be able to count on Boris Vallée in the bunch sprints, hoping to score a win to thank our partners. "
Wesley Kreder (rider):
"We have a team that can aim for nice results. We will have to show our colours in the stages that are dedicated to sprinters. Boris is the fastest of our team. I will try to launch him or why not attack myself, because we have to race in order to highlight our partners. I wanted to come to China because my condition is excellent. I missed the echelons at the Münsterland Giro because I was not well placed, but my legs still feel good. "