Frederik Backaert (BEL)
Frederik Backaert has been cut from the right wood to become a cyclist. The cobbles lover grew up on a farm in the middle of the Flemish Ardennes, at the foot of the Berendries. In 2017 he will discover a grand tour for the first time. At the age of 27, he managed to show his strength on all fronts: in the one-day classics (11th in Omloop het Nieuwsblad) and on Bretoan gravel roads (2nd in Tro Bro Leon, his favorite race). But also in hilly stage races (victory stage in Tour of Austria 2016, 3rd in a Criterium du Dauphine stage) he is capable of achieving a good result. His motto: going in the offensive to show the colors of Wanty-Groupe Gobert (he has been wearing four years) on the roads of the Tour de France.