South African rider Daryl Impey is aiming for a strong showing as he leads the Mitchelton-Scott team into today’s De Brabantse Pijl-La Flech Brabanconne.
The 33-year-old has a best finish of 47th at the Brabantse Pijl, but is confident of improving on that as he looks at building towards the weekend’s Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands.
"I would like to have a good race and finish the race feeling good for the weekend and Amstel Gold. Obviously, if I feel good and I have good legs it would be foolish not to try for a result," Impey, who won the Tour Down Under in January, is quoted by Cyclingnews.
"We have a good team and have various options which is great, I hope to feel strong and get confirmation that I am ready for the Ardennes. With the team being so strong, we can all play a part and have a small leadership role, we are fortunate to have that versatility."
Mitchelton-Scott sporting director Laurenzo Lapage added, “De Brabantse Pijl is always a hard race, it is a challenging parcours and can the outcome can be difficult predict due to the three closing circuits around Overijse. Those circuits include five climbs and it will be crucial to be in a good position there.
"We have a strong team for Wednesday with good options for both the sprint and late attacks and it will be important to follow any dangerous moves over the climbs. Chris [Juul Jenson] and Carlos [Verona] are both in good shape and come into the race on the back of good performances, so we will be looking to them to be switched on and part of any late breakaway."