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This week, Lotto Soudal will be at the start of three one-day races. Thursday 3 October, the 14th edition of the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro (1.HC) takes place. Between the start in Emsdetten and the finish in Münster, the riders are facing over 190 kilometres of racing. Despite a hilly first part, the race is mostly suited to sprinters and also this year, a lot of riders will be eager to show their fast legs.
On Saturday 5 October, Lotto Soudal takes part in the Tour de L’Eurométropole, ridden between La Louvière and Tournai. Several hills are on the menu along the way and the four local laps in Tournai will definitely make for an interesting race and a thrilling finale.
Maxime Monfort will be riding his final race as a professional cyclist on Sunday 6 October. At the Famenne Ardenne Classic (1.1), 180 kilometres of racing awaits, with three local laps in and around Marche-en-Famenne, in which the Côte de Roy (2.3 kilometres à 4.8%) will most likely act as a crucial point.
Below are the line-ups for the upcoming three one-day races.
Line-up Münsterland Giro: Victor Campenaerts, Frederik Frison, Jens Keukeleire, Lawrence Naesen, Brent Van Moer, Brian Van Goethem and Enzo Wouters.
Sports director: Herman Frison.
Line-up Tour de L’Eurométropole: Stan Dewulf, Frederik Frison, Jens Keukeleire, Nikolas Maes, Brian Van Goethem, Jelle Wallays and Enzo Wouters.
Sports director: Marc Wauters.
Line-up Famenne Ardenne Classic: Stan Dewulf, Jens Keukeleire, Rémy Mertz, Maxime Monfort, Lawrence Naesen, Brian Van Goethem and Jelle Wallays.
Sports director: Frederik Willems.