Van Baarle focusing on Classics

09 Jan 2019

Van Baarle focusing on Classics

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Dylan van Baarle hopes to deliver at the race which has a special place in his heart in 2019 - the Tour of Flanders.

Sixth in 2016, fourth in 2017 and 12th in 2018, the Dutchman is eyeing an improvement in 2019 after a season to settle in at Team Sky.
 
Van Baarle’s 2018 was cut short after an unfortunate injury at La Vuelta a Espana but, now completely recovered and training hard ahead of the Tour Down Under, the 26 year old has started his work towards the Classics.
 
He said: “I’m really looking forward to the Classics, of course. That’s what I think about at the beginning of the winter. It’s something special and it has a place in my heart - especially Flanders. The Ronde van Vlaanderen is one of my favourite races and one I always think about. I want to get a result.
 
“My main goal is of course the Classics and my second goal will be trying to make Tour selection. They will be my two key goals.
 
“The injury is totally healed now. We worked really hard to come back and I’m really happy that I’m able to ride again. I was in a lot of pain after La Vuelta but now we look forward to the coming season.”
Dylan van Baarle

Dylan van Baarle

My main goal is of course the Classics and my second goal will be trying to make Tour selection.
Van Baarle on the Classics

Van Baarle on the Classics

Van Baarle is honest in his assessment of last year and felt he improved as it went on.
 
“The spring season was not my best last year,” he added, “but I came around after an altitude camp in Tenerife and I was going well, especially at the Dutch Time Trial Championship, which was really special for me. The end of the season was much better than the beginning… So I’ll give it a six and a half!”
 
Winning the Dutch time trial title was a season highlight for Van Baarle, particularly after putting in so much work on the discipline.
 
“Becoming Dutch champion is something special, especially with a lot of good time triallists in Holland. If you can wear the red, white and blue once in your career it’s really special.
 
“I worked a lot in the season on my TT position, went to the wind tunnel, plus all of the material we have here helps. The bike is one of the best TT bikes in the peloton and that really helped me to become Dutch champion.”

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