Verbrugghe: It's a great honour to be the Belgian national coach

Rik Verbrugghe at the Bahrain-Merida press conference ahead of the 2018 Tour of Flanders

Belgian Cycling's new men's road coach, Rik Verbrugghe , described being given his new role as "a great honour" at a press conference held at the federation's headquarters in Forest, just outside Brussels, on Thursday. The former professional rider for teams such as Cofidis, Lotto and Quick-Step was announced as the new men's road coach by the Belgian cycling federation on Wednesday , and will take over the coaching of the elite and under-23 riders from December 1. He'll also continue as a sports director with WorldTour team Bahrain-Merida . "As a country, Belgium has always been a leader in the international cycling world," said Verbrugghe, "and that's why I see it as a great honour to be here as the head coach at Belgian Cycling." He'll be assisted in his role by current national cyclo-cross coach Sven Vanthourenhout , who will work principally with the U23 riders, but will ...

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