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D’hoore (Wiggle-High5) bedecked in the Belgian national champion's jersey will have another reason to race for her nation at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday
By
Cycling Central

26 Mar 2016 - 1:34 PM 

At the next round of the Women's WorldTour (WWT), Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem, D'hoore will race for Belgium. 

“I want to pay tribute to what happened in Brussels (on Tuesday),” she said.

“Riding in the Belgian jersey makes me proud and sad at the same time. I hope to give the Belgian people something to smile about this weekend.”

While riding a limited road program so far this year juggling track duties, she took her first 2016 last week at Dwars door Vlaanderen, behind team-mate Amy Pieters. 

“Wednesday I felt really good but due to a mechanical problem on the Kwaremont I missed the front group.

"In the end it was good we won with the team. But I couldn't really show anything.

“So I'm really looking forward to Sunday. I want to show I'm back in the game.”

Starting in Ypres, the sight of extensive World I destruction, the race heads towards the hill zone near the French border until the challenging Kemmelberg. The cobble climb features twice on course before Wevelgem's pancake run.

D'hoore laughed recalling last year's race where team-mate Chloe Hosking finished third, she finishing fourth. 

“Gent-Wevelgem was epic last year,” she said.

“Some really hard weather conditions made it a hard race. The weather forecast predicts the same for this weekend. So once again, being WorldTour now, it will be a tough battle between the war fields.”

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team for Gent-Wevelgem: 

Jolien D’hoore (Belgium), Chloe Hosking (Australia), Emma Johansson (Sweden), Dani King (Great Britain), Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy), Amy Pieters (Netherlands)