Bakelants: “We can be healthy ambitious in the WorldTour” | Cycling


Jan Bakelants was fished at the beginning of this year by Circus-Wanty Gobert, which may take a step higher in the WorldTour next year. “This step has come at the right time,” says Bakelants.

“It became more and more difficult to get wild cards and, for example, participate in the Tour. This step will now change that.”

“Last year was an eye-opener. Normally the best two teams of the UCI Europe Tour are allowed to start in the WorldTour races, but the UCI was flexible with its own rules.”

“Because there were an exceptional 19 WorldTour teams, only the first was invited. Circus-Wanty Gobert came in second with barely 50 points less. So we missed out on an invitation to the Tour.”

“This ambitious step is therefore timely. We can be healthy ambitious at the highest level.”

Sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren is also happy with the big step. “Everyone in our squad has worked hard for that license,” he says.

“Moreover, we can now also plan for the long term. The whole new concept still needs to be worked out a little further. Our entourage needs to be further expanded. There are still very important weeks ahead for our team.”

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