The field of participants Men Elite
On Wednesday, March 16, 2 times 20 teams will start their Danilith Nokere Koerse in Deinze. Chairman Robrecht Bothuyne: "With smaller pelotons we aim for a safe and spectacular race. Both the men and the women have a new course with respectively 25 and 15 km of cobblestones. Both races can also be followed live on TV.'
It was also announced earlier that Danilith Nokere Koerse was the first race to equalize the prize money for men and women.
No less than 10 World Tour teams, 8 pro-continental teams and 2 Flemish continental teams will start in the 76th Danilith Nokere Koerse. Race director Rony De Sloovere: "We are happy with the announced teams. We are convinced that on March 16 a top field of participants will start in Deinze.
Names to keep an eye on include:
- Ex-winners Ludovic Robeet and Timothy Dupont, both racing for Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB. They and their team will certainly be eager to show themselves again.
- Young sprinters: Arnaud De Lie of Lotto-Soudal already proved he can win in Mallorca. Jordi Meeus of Bora-Hansgrohe has started the season ambitiously and has nudged Nokere, as has Jake Stewart of Groupama-FDJ. He finished second in the Omloop and sixth in Nokere last year and now wants to confirm.
- Experienced sprinting violence: Tim Merlier would not only like to grace the podium of Danilith Nokere Koerse, but will find, among others, another former champion of his country on his way; Pascal Ackermann is the leader of UAE Team Emirates, the team in form. At QuickStep Alpha Vynil, former winner Fabio Jakobsen is first reserve. If he appears at the start, he will immediately be top favorite, after his convincing victory in Kuurne!
- Flandriens: regional rider Sep Vanmarcke already proved he is in good shape with a second place in the Tour de la Provence in February; now he is keen on a victory. Bert Van Lerberghe of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is another local rider, born and raised near the track he knows Nokereberg like no other. At Lotto-Soudal, Florian Vermeersch is expected, with his second place in Paris-Roubaix he already proved that those 25 kilometers of cobblestones in Danilith Nokere Koerse shouldn't be a problem for him...
- Dark horses: Hugo Hofstetter of Arkea-Samsic came third in Kuurne and second in Le Samyn. In Nokere he will be looking for victory. He was already on the podium in 2018! Rasmus Tiller of the Norwegian Uno-X team rode top-10 in the Omloop and in Le Samyn. Strong Norwegian bear! Casper Pedersen is Danish dynamite again, won Paris-Tours before and is now the leader of Team DSM. At Sport-Vlaanderen-Baloise there is a lot of young talent, but Rune Herregodts is certainly one of the best; he already won a stage in the Ruta del Sol and is in great shape!