Van der Hoorn checks out Classics courses in VW camper van

While Lachlan Morton had his ‘Thereabouts’ adventure across the Australian outback with his brother Gus, and Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens recently rode home across Europe to Belgium from the finish of Il Lombardia in Italy, Dutch pro Taco van der Hoorn is busy having an adventure of his own on four wheels.

The Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij rider will move to Team Jumbo for 2019, and has been reconnoitring the courses of various spring Classics in his Volkswagen Transporter T3 camper van in the hope of giving himself an advantage over his rivals.

Van der Hoorn missed the entire 2018 spring as he recovered from the concussion he suffered in a mountain bike crash in November 2017, but returned to racing in August to win stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour in what was his first week back on the bike in competition. He went on to also win the one-day Primus Classic in Belgium in September.


Having ridden the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, among other spring one-day races, in 2017, Van der Hoorn says that a number of the races he’ll do in 2019 will have slightly different routes.

“Since I last rode those races, a lot has changed – like the final of the Omloop, for example,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.

In a month on the road, Van der Hoorn will recce race courses in Belgium, France and Italy, with the Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo on the schedule for the latter.

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