At this moment the riders at the Tour can enjoy the second, well-deserved rest day. For a few men in the bunch and people in the caravan this is their first Tour de France. Also in the Lotto Soudal team that’s the case for some. This is the Tour début of Jens Debusschere and Tim Wellens. In the staff there are some new faces as well: mechanic Jean-Pierre Christiaens and sports directors Bart Leysen and Frederik Willems. Some already have more Tour experience than others.

As a rider Frederik Willems participated five times in the Tour. At the end of last season he put an end to his career as a cyclist and became sports director at Lotto Soudal. In this Tour de France he rides a few kilometres in front of the riders to give details about the course to the sports directors, so this is his first Tour as staff member.

 

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