Sven Vanthourenhout and Axel Merckx rumoured frontrunners for Belgian coaching job

Belgian coach Sven Vanthourenhout was out with the team examining the Valkenburg course

Axel Merckx and current Belgian cyclo-cross national team coach Sven Vanthourenhout may share the vacant national road coach role, according to reports in the Belgian press. Het Laatste Nieuws reported on their website on Monday that an arrangement may be made whereby Merckx would look after the pro riders and Vanthourenhout would take care of the amateur and younger riders. The available part-time role as national coach is essentially one of national selector, choosing the riders to represent the nation at road events such as the World or European Championships, and sharing the role might allow both Merckx and Vanthourenhout to continue in their other roles as boss of the Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team in North America and as the national cyclo-cross coach, respectively. As reported last month , Axel Merckx had said he was "honoured" to be considered for the job, but had reportedly tried to assure ...

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